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There are those who think that athletics in 
England have been allowed to run riot, and 
that our excessive devotion to games has made 
us neglect our duties as citizens and patriots. 
To such, it will appear mere pandering to a 
depraved taste to produce another book con- 
nected with football. 

The writer has some sympathy with this 

view, although he believes it to be overstated. 

He is willing to acknowledge the abuse of 

athletics, but he is convinced of their value 

when rightly used ; and it is just because, in 

■ his opinion, the Corinthians are working in 

^ the true interests of sport, that he has pre- 

<si*r sumed to collect a few facts about their history. 

\ The Corinthian Football Club has now been 

^ in existence twenty-five years. The mere fact 

-. of having existed for a quarter of a century is 

W not in itself sufficient to warrant an excursion 

into print, although, to judge by the constant 

appearance of biographies of more or less un- 


distinguished people, this view is by no means 
universally accepted. 

There are, however, some special considera- 
tions to be urged in connection with the 
Corinthians which appear to the writer to 
warrant some record of their doings. 

In the first place, it may be claimed for 
them that they are, to use a well-worn phrase, 
11 Missionaries of Empire." It is true that 
their labours in this respect have been for the 
most part indirect, and that they have not 
been called upon to undergo the hardships 
and disappointments generally associated with 
missionary work. But none the less the Club 
has played no inconsiderable part in helping to 
bring the Colonies and the Mother Country 
closer together. There is no tie like that of 
sport, and the friendly rivalry and good fellow- 
ship which the colonial tours of the Club have 
engendered cannot but have done good. 

Nor have their efforts in this respect been 
confined to the Colonies. The Corinthians 
were one of the first English football clubs to 
visit the Continent, and their frequent tours, 
of which some account will be found in the 
book, have done much to popularise the 


British idea of true sportsmanship, and to 
break down that insular prejudice which we 
both acknowledge and deplore. It is un- 
necessary to recount the many great advan- 
tages that those of us who have been fortunate 
enough to participate in these tours have 
derived from the social intercourse with sports- 
men of different nations. 

And it should be added that these tours 
are entirely free from any financial objects. 
Expenses are guaranteed, and beyond that 
not a penny goes into the coffers of the Club. 

The Club, too, is always ready to aid chari- 
table objects, although it is not suggested that 
it claims a monopoly in this respect. 

A further characteristic may be mentioned. 
The Corinthians have, from the first, set their 
faces against "pot-hunting" ; with the one ex- 
ception of the Sheriff of London's Charity 
Shield, the Club is not allowed by its rules to 
enter for any competition. 

Now, in these days of cups and medals, 
when " friendly" matches have ceased to be 
taken seriously, and the one aim of a club, in 
so many cases, is to be at the head of a league 
or the winner of a cup, this "self-denying 


ordinance" on the part of the Corinthians 
should act as a valuable protest against the 
growing tendency to play the game only for 
the prizes it will bring. 

At the end of the book will be found some 
hints on the game by well-known players. 
These, it is hoped, may prove of use to young 
players and to our friends abroad who have 
recently taken to the game. 

The Corinthians, it is admitted, have deve- 
loped a game of their own, and at their best 
can quite hold their own with the pick of our 
professional clubs, in spite of the greater 
opportunities which the latter have of playing 
together. The game, therefore, would appear 
to be worth encouraging, and if these hints 
should help in some small way to keep the 
game alive, the aims of the writers will be 
amply fulfilled. 

It only remains to crave indulgence for the 
shortcomings of the book, and to thank all 
those who have so kindly contributed to its 
pages. To Mr. Stanton, of the Sportsman, I 
am indebted for much information, as also 
to many members of the Club and others for 



Story of the Corinthians i 

Character Sketches 31 

Foreign Tours— 

South Africa, 1897 57 

South Africa, 1903 66 

Hungarian, 1904 85 

Scandinavian, 1904 101 

Germany and Holland, 1906 in 

Canada and the United States, 1906 . .118 

The Sheriff of London Shield Competition . 155 

Hints on the Game— 

Goalkeeping (By T. S. Rowlandson) . .181 

Full-Back Play (By L. V. Lodge) .... 184 

How to Play Half-Back (By B. Middleditch) . . 190 

Half-Back Play (By M. Morgan-Owen) ... 199 

Forward Play (By G. O. Smith) .... 204 

Forward Play (By S. S. Harris) .... 209 

Wing Play (By B. O. Corbett) 213 

Results of Matches Played 221 

List of Members and Internationalists . 246 



Tsam in Canada and the United States, 

1906 . Frontispiece 

Christmas Tour, 1896-97 . To face page 3 

New Hampden Park, Glasgow „ 14 

Corinthians v. Queen's Park, 1901 \ 
Corinthians v. Queen's Park, 1901 : > n 21 

The Team J 

Corinthians v. Queen's Park, 1902 \ 

Corinthians v. Stoke, 1904 ) ' n 2 

W. N. Cobbold \ 

G. H. COTTERILL / t% 3S 

R. C. Gosling ^ 

G. O. Smith J " 37 

G. C. Vassall \ 


R. E. Foster \ 

A. M. Walters / " 42 

N. C. Bailey 

W. R. Moon 

W. J. Oakley 

P. M. Walters 

G. Brann 

S. H. Day , 6 

C. Wreford-Brown f • • • • » 

E. C. Bambridge 



A. G. Henfrsy \ 


South Africa, 1897 . 
At Madeira 
On Deck 

Down a Kimberley Mine 
Native Warriors 
South Africa, 1903 . 
Cricket, Johannesburg 
After Hard Grounds 

5 A.M. 

Deck Games 
At Budapest 
Corinthians in Budapest 

Mr. Alfred BrOhl 
Terrace of Palace, Budapest 
At Magyar Athletikai Club, 

Changing the Guard, Vienna ) 

A Corinthian Team v. A French 

Team, Paris, 1904 
Castle at Karlstejn 
Trollhatten Falls 
Yacht Club, Stockholm 
Canal in Gothenburg 
Swedish Caddie 
Corinthian Team in Stockholm, \ 

In Stockholm J 

Idling : Lake Wener 
A Swedish Lake 

Pavilion : Edrotts Park, Stockholm 
Returning from a Sail : Stockholm 

To face fag* 









Corinthians v. Holland, 1906 \ 
On Trek, South Africa, 1903 J 
Corinthians v. All Philadelphia 
Half-time: Chicago 
Moving Railings: The Crowd to 

the Rescue 
W. U. Timmis, b. Newball, 23: v. 

Manheim Club, Philadelphia 
A Game of Bowls : Seaforth 
C. Wreford-Brown and S. H. Day 
On the River 
Merion Club, Philadelphia 

Corinthians v. Hamilton : A Rough 

View of Prague : Hungarian Tour, 


Crystal Palace Ground 
R. E. Foster, C. B. Fry, and G. O. 

Corinthians v. Sheffield Wednes- 
day, April 24, 1905 

Corinthians v. Aston Villa, March 2, 
1 901 

Corinthians v. Bury, March 5, 1904 
L. V. Lodge \ 

T. S. Rowlandson J 
M. Morgan-Owen 
S. S. Harris 


W. U. Timmis 

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Annals of the 
Corinthian Football Club 


The early history of any institution is 
generally bound up with the name of an 
individual. The history of the Corinthians 
will always be associated with the name of 
N. L. Jackson. 

It was in the latter part of the season of 
1881-82 that the club was called into being. 
Its origin was due chiefly to two causes. 
Mr. N. L. Jackson, who was then assistant 
honorary secretary of the Football Associa- 
tion, attributed the better combination dis- 
played by the Scotch teams in the English 
International matches to the greater oppor- 
tunities our opponents over the border had 
of playing together. Those were the amateur 
days, and the best football was confined 
almost entirely to the south of England, where 


the Old Boy Clubs held the leading position. 
There were, too, many enthusiasts of the 
game who found the Saturday old-boy match 
but scant outlet for their energy, and were 
eager to procure further opportunities of play- 
ing first-class matches. Here, then, was his 
chance. A meeting was held at which the 
following, among others, were present : N. C. 
Bailey, E. C. Bambridge, C. Holden- White, 
N. L. Jackson, Warren Leete, A. J. Secretan, 
and H. A. Swepstone. 

It was decided to form a club composed 
of the best amateur players in the kingdom — 
truly an ambitious beginning ! Care had to 
be taken lest clubs should be robbed of their 
members, and so arrangements were made to 
play on days other than Saturdays as many 
as possible of the more important teams from 
which the playing members were drawn, indi- 
vidual members, of course, representing their 
own particular club in such matches. 

Thus Mr. Jackson's object was accom- 
plished, and the enthusiasts, too, were satisfied. 

It now became necessary to find a name for 
the new club. 

The title first suggested was the Wednes- 


day Club, but this, on the proposal of H. A. 
Swepstone, was changed to the Corinthian 
Football Club, 

Owing to lack of time, Mr, Jackson was 
forced to refuse the duty of secretary and 
manager, and Mr. A. J. Secretan was elected. 

Several meetings of the original executive 
committee took place, and the ideas of the 
club were further developed by the strong 
support given to it by the two universities, 
the public schools, hospitals, and military 
academies, with most of which matches were 
arranged. As all these matches were played 
away, there was no need either of a ground 
or of any subscription. 

The first season opened with a match 
against St. Thomas's Hospital, played at Lam- 
beth, which resulted in a Corinthian victory 
by 2-1 — an auspicious beginning. Towards 
the end of the season a tour was arranged, in 
course of which Accrington, Stoke, Bootle, 
and Church were visited. It is believed that 
the Corinthians were the first to arrange tours 
in the north, and wherever they went they 
were received with great enthusiasm, and most 
enjoyable encounters ensued. 


The club's record for the first year was 
very successful. 

The teams, although drawn from so many 
different sources, curiously enough developed 
a style of their own which has been a feature 
of the Corinthians throughout their history. 
This was probably the result of having so 
many public school boy members. 

One has only to watch a Corinthian eleven 
play a professional side at the present time 
to notice the difference of style. 

The excellence of professional play generally 
gives the impression that the many tricks 
and intricacies of the game are mastered by 
mechanical activity and laborious training. 
But the passes of the amateur, though made 
as often and as accurately, appear to be the 
result rather of natural instinct. The amateur 
is essentially independent in his methods, and 
it is this individualism, combined with his 
public school training, which makes his style 
of play so distinctive. 

As the book includes a chapter of " Hints 
on the Game," written by more prominent 
members of the club than myself, I need 
only touch lightly upon the style of play 
noticeable among Corinthians. 


The chief feature of the forward style of 
play is the forward pass, always executed on 
the run. To Cobbold and Tinsley Lindley, 
probably more than any one else, the develop- 
ment of this sweeping method of progression 
may be attributed, and it has been ever since, 
in a greater or lesser degree, the dominant 
feature of the Corinthian attack. Goal is the 
only objective, and, theoretically, all finesse 
which entails loss of time or ground must 
give way as far as possible to forging ahead. 
This style of play was perhaps best exhibited 
in later years on the occasion of Bury's defeat 
by 10-3 in the Sheriff of London's Shield 
Competition. A feature, too, of the back 
division is the close proximity of the halves 
and backs behind the forwards. This method, 
supposing that the team possesses the requisite 
amount of speed, ensures a much faster game 
than the less compact formation adopted by 
the majority of teams. 

In the early autumn of 1883 the secretary 
was called abroad, and a meeting was held at 
Mr. Jackson's offices to decide on the club's 
future. The result was that Mr. Jackson 
undertook the management, and from that 


time fulfilled the many duties of honorary 

It was at this time, too, that the club 
adopted the following rules, which are in 
force at the present time: — 

1 . That the club be called the " Corinthian 
Football Club," and that the colours be dark blue 
and white striped cap, white shirt, with blue mono- 
gram C.F.C. on left breast, dark knickerbockers 
and stockings. 

2. That the number of members be limited to 
fifty, exclusive of life members, and that there be 
no entry fee nor subscription. 

3. A committee, consisting of not less than four 
nor more than eight members, and the honorary 
secretary and treasurer, shall be elected at the annual 
general meeting, and shall have entire management 
of the club. 

4. A general meeting shall be held in the months 
of October or November in each year for the election 
of the committee and honorary secretary and trea- 
surer, to pass the accounts, to remove from the lists 
of members those who are unlikely to further assist 
the club either as players or officials, and to select 
forty members for the ensuing year. The committee 
shall have the power to elect members to fill the ten 
vacancies at any time during the season. 

5. The annual general meetings shall have power 
to elect from among the ex-members of the club a 
limited number of honorary life members, not more 
than five to be elected at any one meeting. 


6. If any alteration is considered necessary in the 
rules of the club, notice of the same, together with 
the names of the proposers and seconders, must be 
sent to the honorary secretary on or before 1st Octo- 
ber in each year, and copies of such proposals shall be 
sent to the members with the notice convening the 
general meeting. No alteration shall be made unless 
carried by a two-thirds majority of the members 
present at the general meeting. 

7. The club shall not compete for any challenge 
cup or any prizes of any description whatever. 

One addition has since been made to these 
rules. In order to allow the Corinthians to 
compete for the Sheriff of London's Shield, 
the following resolution was passed : — 

" In the event of a cup competition being started in 
which only one amateur and one professional club 
compete, the committee shall have the power to enter 
the club for such competition." 

It may be well at this point to refer briefly 
to a criticism often levelled at the club's rules. 
It is urged that these rules should be altered 
so as to allow the Corinthians to enter for the 
English Cup. It is very doubtful, however, 
whether this would be advisable. It would 
be quite impossible for its best players to take 


part in matches in various parts of England 
at times other than holidays. Thus, to enter 
under the present conditions would be out of 
the question. A club often requires some 
event standing out above the ordinary to 
infuse some stimulating effect into it, and if 
it were needed in the case of the Corinthians, 
the Sheriff of London Charity Competition 
has so far been sufficient Judging from the 
results of the last few seasons, there seems 
nothing to show that the Corinthians have in 
any way deteriorated, and why, for the sake 
of a competition, should the constitution of a 
club so successful be altered? 

There is no fixed rule defining a member's 
qualifications, but there is an unwritten law 
confining election to Old Public School Boys 
or members of a university, playing merit, of 
course, being essential. 

For the first year of Mr. Jackson's manage- 
ment it was only possible to arrange three 
matches, all of which were won. Thus, it was 
not till the season of 1884-85 that the Corin- 
thians may be said to have started on big 
lines. That year victories were gained over 
such teams as 


Blackburn Rovers, winners of the Association 

Cup (twice) ; 
Sheffield ; 

Preston North End (twice) ; 
Blackpool : 

while losses were met with at the hands of 

Bolton Wanderers ; 
Aston Villa ; 
Notts Club : 

and the match with Derby County resulted in 
a draw. The season's list thus worked out at 
6 matches won, 2 drawn, and 5 lost — not so 
bad a record for a somewhat ambitious pro- 

By this time the club was everywhere 
recognised as one which had come to stay, 
and whose players, chosen from the best 
material in the country, were destined to 
hold their own with any of the great Asso- 
ciation teams. 

That the Corinthians have more than ful- 
filled the aims of their founder is manifest 
from the fact that up to the present time 43 
of their members have played against Scot- 
land, 56 against Wales, and 43 against Ireland, 


whilst 10 have represented Wales, 8 Scotland, 
and 2 Ireland. 

During the club's existence 33 per cent, of 
the places in the English eleven against Scot- 
land, 27 per cent against Ireland, and 30 per 
cent, against Wales have gone to Corinthians. 

On two occasions the English team has 
been composed entirely of Corinthians. On 
March 12, 1894, eleven Corinthians defeated 
Wales at Wrexham by 5-1, and again the 
following year they effected a draw of 1-1 
with Wales at Queen's Club. 

The club has followed the lines originally 
laid down for it, in spite of changes of manage- 
ment In 1898 Mr. Jackson made way for 
Messrs. Smith and Oakley, who jointly under- 
took the duties of secretary. They in their 
turn were succeeded in 1902 by Mr. B. O. 
Corbett. After managing the club for two 
seasons, he resigned in favour of Mr. S. H. Day. 

The present officials are : — 


B. O. Corbett. W. J. Oakley. 

S. H. Day. C. C. Page. 

M. Morgan-Owen. G. O. Smith. 

O. T. Norris. C. Wreford-Brown. 


Honorary Secretary. 
W. U. Timmis. 

Honorary Treasurer. 
R. T. Squire. 

W. R. Moon. C. Wreford-Brown. 

It is without doubt to the tours that the 
club must attribute its success. With the 
ordinary match in London, after which the 
players generally disperse to various corners 
of England, the social side exists but little. 
The club is essentially a social one, and the 
tours are looked forward to with the keenest 
anticipation by those fortunate enough to be 
selected to take part 

The origin of the tours, as of the club 
itself, is due to Mr. N. L. Jackson. Scattered 
as the members are, it was found impossible 
to get together a representative side to play 
in different parts of England at any time a 
match might happen to be arranged, so by 
fixing all the out-matches at one period, the 
players are able to visit sides which would 
be unwilling to contend only in London. The 
Christmas tour is always considered the most 


important, for then it is that the strong pro- 
fessional teams are met Then, too, the 
Queens Park F.C. is visited, a match which 
has always been considered the most im- 
portant of the tour since it was first played 
on January i, 1886. 

The Queens Park F.C. is the oldest in 
Scotland. It dates back to 1867, and was 
the first to play the game over the border, 
and has ever since maintained its position 
among the leading Scotch clubs. It is, more- 
over, the leading amateur club — hence the 
keen rivalry between the Q.P. and the 
Corinthians. Many a magnificent tussle has 
been seen on the fine enclosure of old 
Hampden Park in what is often termed the 
" Amateur International." Now, alas ! the well- 
paced field and fine stands have fallen into 
other hands; but there is a new Hampden 
Ground, finer even than the old one — finer, 
perhaps, than any other football ground in 
the world — where the teams still meet as each 
New Year's Day comes round, and where I 
sincerely hope many another friendly en- 
counter may yet take place. 

Since the first match in 1886 the two clubs 

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have met on 42 occasions, with the result 
that the Corinthians have won 22, drawn 6, 
lost 14, scoring 94 goals to Queen 's Parks 76. 

It has been the custom for the two teams 
to dine together after the match, a custom 
which results in as fine a display of Scotch 
humour, song, and mirth as Scotch prowess 
and endurance during the afternoon. Sixteen 
to twenty players are generally taken on the 
Christmas tour, which is so arranged as to 
reach Scotland in time to have a clear day's 
rest before the all-important meeting with 
Queen's Park. Of late years Edinburgh has 
generally been made the headquarters, and the 
hour and a half s journey by rail to Glasgow 
has been made the morning of the match. 
Unfortunately, New Year's Eve is not a night 
on which to obtain much sleep in Scotland, 
at any rate in an hotel on Princes Street. 
With a bagpiper practising his art enthusiasti- 
cally under one's window, and the buzz and 
whirl of a servants' dance kept up below until 
the small hours, sleep is an impossibility. 

Not many years ago, the team arrived 
in Edinburgh after a very muddy game at 
Wolverhampton. It was the night of the 


servants' dance. Our boots, being very wet, 
were in due course handed over to be dried, 
and when we rang for them in the morning 
they were discovered to be in cinders. They 
had been placed on a grate to take care of 
themselves, and our feelings and words are 
best left to the imagination of the reader. 
Those who had only one pair were compelled 
to turn out in new ones, and in all probability 
this had something to do with our lack of 
success that afternoon at Hampden Park. 

In the eighties and nineties the Christmas 
tours were often extended to other Scotch towns 
beyond Glasgow and Edinburgh. Kirkcaldy, 
Ayr, Dundee, Stirling, Aberdeen, and Falkirk 
were visited at various times, and many are 
the experiences the teams have passed through 
at some of these places. They met opponents 
who, if somewhat robust in their methods, 
still fought always to the bitter end, and were 
good sportsmen withal. The referees, how- 
ever, were sometimes distinctly adverse to the 
English team. On one occasion a well-known 
Corinthian goalkeeper of great size was keep- 
ing the touch-line, wearing, as is usual, the 
Corinthian cap. The referee was a very 


^X small, though canny Scot, who took no notice 
19 of the Corinthian's decisions, or else overruled 
them. It came to such a pass by half-time 
that the linesman, furious at being ignored, 
and at the jeers of the crowd, quietly walked 
the little referee to the changing-room and 
asked him his reasons for so manifestly de- 
ciding against him. "Weel, mon," was the 
only reply he got, " if ye haidn't that bonnet 
on yer heid it might hae been deeferent!" 

At Kirkcaldy the Corinthians have played 
many an enjoyable game, and have always 
of late years been welcomed by Dr. John 
Smith, who was such a tower of strength in 
the earlier days of the club's history. An 
amusing incident occurred on one occasion 
the club played in Scotland. On lining up 
to start the game, it was noticed that one of 
the opposing side was clad in an enormous 
red wig. It was considerably too large for 
him, and to prevent the chance of his losing 
it in the course of the game, a piece of black 
elastic under his chin held it in place. The 
sight was so comical that it was only natural 
a bet should be made between two of the 
Corinthian forwards as to which of them 



should be the first to displace the wig. It 
was a wet day, and the ball was very heavy, 
yet whenever on our friend's wing it seemed 
always in the air. The red head, too, seemed 
ubiquitous; but though the wig perpetually 
received the ball, it kept its place. Half-time 
came, and still the wig was there. Five 
minutes off time it had not been removed. 
Then came a terrible scrimmage on the wing, 
four men on the ground, including red wig 
and our two friends of the wager. At last 
a figure emerged from between a man's legs 
showing a shining crown and holding the wig 
in his hand. 

From the season of 1892-93 onwards an 
Easter tour has generally been arranged in 
the south and west of England, where East- 
bourne, Southampton, Bristol, and most of 
the counties have been encountered, besides 
many of the smaller towns less noted for their 
prowess on the field. These were always 
delightful tours. Our opponents were less 
formidable than the teams in the north, and 
the social element was more pronounced. 
Some of the matches were played against 
opponents with little real knowledge of the 


game, though they were generally found to 
be of the gamest material. The grounds, too, 
were sometimes of a rather rustic order. I 
well remember one match played at a small 
county town where the field, besides being 
on the side of a steep slope, had a large bed 
of nettles on one wing. After the opposing 
forwards had several times looked perilously 
like scoring, our right half was ordered by 
his captain to hide in ambush in the nettle- 
bed and leap out when he heard steps ! Bad 
grounds, however, are the exception, and nowa- 
days even country villages can often boast of 
fields where, as far as the turf is concerned, 
International matches might be played. 

The Corinthians have never possessed a 
ground of their own. The earlier matches in 
the club's history were generally played on 
the opponents' ground, or, in the event of that 
being impracticable, were decided sometimes 
at the Oval, Leyton, Richmond, and other 
places. It was not till 1895 ^ at ^ e Queen's 
Club ground at West Kensington was made the 
headquarters, and up till 1905 home matches 
were regularly played here. In that season a 
change was made to Leyton, but the following 


year the club returned to Queen's Club, 
where they play their home matches at the 
present time. 

A few games, chiefly those in the Sheriff of 
London's Shield Competition, have taken place 
on the fine enclosure of the Crystal Palace. 
This ground has one drawback, at any rate to 
wing men, and that is, that the stands do not 
run parallel to the touch-line, which makes it 
very difficult for a player to know exactly where 
he is. 

Queens Club is eminently suited to the 
style of play of Corinthian forwards, being 
both long and wide, but for this very reason 
must be difficult for backs and halves. A 
half-back needs, as they say, to be in the 
"pink" of condition to contend with any 
success against a fast wing pair who are 
really in form. Not so long ago a famous 
Corinthian International of the early days, 
who had retired from active service for some 
years, was prevailed upon to take the field 
against Charterhouse School at Queen's Club. 
He had put on weight considerably since his 
playing days, and when he stepped on to the 
ground he remarked on its enormous size. 




Corinthians v. Qleen's Park, 1901. 

C. Wreford-Urown. B. Middle-ditch. A. T. B. Dunn. C. II. Fry. "W. J. Oakley. C. !•. Ryder. B. O. Corb«tt. H. Vickcrs. 
R. li. Foster. G. O. Smith. M. II. S aabrouijh. 
C. I£. Wilkinson. 

Photo : Bewdtn Bros. 

Corinthians v. Queen's Park, 1901. 


He was very obviously in trouble after the 
game had been in progress a few minutes, 
and when found at half-time in a very sorry 
condition in the pavilion, he was heard to 
murmur that in his days football grounds were 
limited to 200 yards in length, but nowadays 
they seemed to think nothing of having them 
a quarter of a mile long ! 

Apart from the matches with Queen's Park, 
which have, as before stated, been played in 
uninterrupted sequence since April 17, 1886, 
the meetings with Preston North End have 
perhaps occasioned, as friendly encounters, 
more rivalry than any others. Three matches 
with the famous northern club took place in 
the season of 1884-85, the rubber being won 
by the Corinthians by 2-1. Since that time 
22 matches have been played, of which the 
amateurs have won 6, lost 13, drawn 3, scoring 
35 goals to 45 against. Strange as it may 
seem, it was when Preston North End was 
considered at its best, and was carrying every- 
thing before it, that the Corinthians gained 
one of their few victories over them. The 
match was played at Richmond in 1889, and 
was considered among the best performances 


of the amateur club. Of late years, owing to 
the extension of the League, which makes it 
harder, season by season, to arrange friendly 
matches with the big professional teams, no 
meetings between the clubs have taken place. 
Still, perhaps the fixtures will once again be 
revived, and the Corinthians be given an 
opportunity of wiping off the large deficit 
standing against their account. Another match, 
which can be almost considered an annual 
fixture, is that with Aston Villa. Only three 
games were brought off between the clubs in 
the eighties, but since then they have been 
more or less regular. Of the twenty matches 
played, only four have been won by the 
Corinthians, three being drawn, and the rest 
lost ; still, they have some satisfaction in being 
able to claim among the four one of the matches 
in the Sheriff of London Competition, namely, 
that in 1899. 

Perhaps the best performance of all against 
the famous Aston Villa team was that of last 
season at Queens Club, when the Corinthians 
won by 7-1. It was one of those occasions 
when the amateur forwards were in their very 
best form, and gave an exhibition of the open 


game with long sweeping rushes which has 
always been a characteristic of their play. 
Many critics of the game declare that no 
better exhibition of centre-forward play than 
that shown by B. S. Foster in this match has 
been seen since G. O. Smith's best days. 

Corinthians look forward to these matches 
against Aston Villa with the greatest pleasure, 
for they are always sure of having a vigorous 
game with a side of thorough sportsmen. 
What tussles do the very names of Crabtree, 
Spencer, Athersmith, Devey, and George 
conjure up in the Corinthian mind! Long 
may the annual meetings last ! 

During their history the Corinthians have 
on nineteen occasions won by 8 goals or more, 
exclusive of matches played on foreign tours. 
Only twice has the club been defeated by 8 
or more goals — namely, by Newcastle West 
End on March 31, 1891, by 8-4, and by 
Aston Villa on April 2, 1891, by 8-3, both, 
strangely enough, within three days of each 

More prominent among the victims of these 
encounters are found the Blackburn Rovers 
(8-1) in 1884, Wolverhampton Wanderers 


(8-3) in 1 901, Bury (10-3) in 1904, and 
Manchester United (11-3) also in 1904. 

The victory over the first of these had much 
to do with establishing the early reputation of 
the club. It was the first game played by the 
club under the direct management of Mr. N. L. 
Jackson, and at that time the Blackburn Rovers 
were at the zenith of the cup-fighting game. 
The team representing the Corinthians in this 
great performance was : M. J. Rendall (goal) ; 
Andrew Watson and W. F. Beardshaw (backs) ; 
A. Amos, E. Saunders, and C. H olden- White 
(halves); F. W. Pawson, B. W. Spilsbury, 
Dr. John Smith (captain), W. N. Cobbold, 
and Tinsley Lindley (forwards). 

The match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, 
too, is worthy of note. It was played on the 
Wanderers' ground in wet weather, and despite 
the difficult conditions the Corinthians clearly 
outmanoeuvred the home side from the start 
The combination and passing of the three 
inside forwards, R. E. Foster, G. O. Smith, 
and C. F. Ryder, was one of the best 
performances of the Corinthians during the 
G. O. Smith period of the club's existence. 

The Bury defeat by 10-3 in the Sheriff 


of London Shield Competition in 1905 is 
described elsewhere, but this achievement 
stands out pre-eminent in the club records. 

The Manchester United victory by 11-3, 
at the beginning of the following season, 
was more or less of a repetition of the Bury 
match. It was due in great measure to the 
fine forward play of S. S. Harris, G. S. 
Harris, and S. H. Day, the chief despoilers 
of Bury. Making their passes while at full 
speed, and using their outsides when they 
saw they had an opportunity of a sheer sprint, 
they broke down all opposition in spite of 
the fact that Manchester United were supposed 
to have one of the finest defences at that time 
in the north. 

In accounting for a large margin victory, 
one is often inclined to notice only the ex- 
cellence of the forwards who actually do the 
scoring, forgetting the back division, and more 
especially the halves, who are probably just 
as much instrumental in bringing about a 
good combined movement in the front line 
as the forwards themselves. Certainly, had 
it not been for the excellent half-back line 
at the various periods of the club's history, 


such players as Cobbold, Tinsley Lindley, 
G. O. Smith, and many others would not 
have required such close attention on the 
part of their various opponents. It is inter- 
esting to note that the less successful seasons 
of the club are generally found to be those 
when the half-back line was weakest. 

As the result of a meeting while on tour, 
in 1892 a competition was arranged with the 
Barbarians R.F.C. in Association, Rugby, 
Sports, and Cricket. The proceeds were to 
be devoted to charities, and great interest 
was shown in the events. 

The Corinthians won the Association game 
by 6-i, easily outplaying their opponents, 
whose methods were always robust, and whose 
plan of play might be described as collectively 

The Rugby match, however, provided great 
interest, since the Corinthians had several 
men who had already made their mark in 
this branch of football, and a close game was 
not unlikely. Yet when the Barbarians were 
defeated by 2 goals and 2 tries to 2 goals 
and 1 try, the result was certainly a surprise 
to every one. The Barbarians were repre- 


sented by a strong team : A. S. Johnston 
(back); J. Le Fleming, C. A. Hooper, C. 
M. Wells, and C. J. B. Monypenny (three- 
quarters); R. F. C. de Winton and H. M. 
Taberer (halves) ; F. Evershed, C. Ekin, 
W. P. Carpmael, C. B. Nicholl, W. H. 
Manfield, W. W. Rashleigh, R. D. Budworth, 
and A. Allport (forwards). 

The Corinthian team was: P. M. Walters 
(back); C. B. Fry, W. J. Seton, R. C Gosling, 
and F. J. K. Cross (three-quarters); Tinsley 
Lindley and A. M. Walters (halves); G. H. 
Cotterill, W. N. Winckworth, W. S. Gosling, 
A. K. Brook, C. Wreford - Brown, J. G. 
Veitch, R. R. Sandilands, and F. M. Ingram 

Nine events were selected for the Sports, 
and a most exciting contest resulted, it being 
only in the last event that Ingram gave the 
Corinthians the victory by winning the 

The following summary gives the results of 
the various events : — 

100 Yards. 

C. J. B. Monypenny (Barbarians), 1 ; G B. Fry (Corin- 
thians), 2. Time, 10} seconds. 


Two Miles. 

C Ekin (Barbarians), i ; W. N. Winckworth (Corin- 
thians), 2. Time, 10 minutes 33 seconds. 


C. J. B. Monypenny (Barbarians), 1; F. J. K. Cross 
(Corinthians), 2. Time^ 50^ seconds. 

Long Jump. 

C. B. Fry (Corinthians), 1— 21 feet 9 J inches; F. J. K. 
Cross (Corinthians), 2 — 21 feet 6 inches. 


F. J. K. Cross (Corinthians), 1 ; C. J. B. Monypenny 
(Barbarians), 2. Time, 2 minutes i| seconds. 

120 Kzr/& Hurdles. 

J. Le Fleming (Barbarians), 1; C A. Hooper (Bar- 
barians), 2. TYjhi, i6f seconds. 

Putting the Weight. 

G. H. Cotterill (Corinthians), 1 — 34 feet 1 inch ; G. L. 
Wilson (Corinthians), 2 — 32 feet 9 inches. 

High Jump. 

C. B. Fry (Corinthians), 1—5 feet 3! inches; J. Le 
Fleming (Barbarians), 2—5 feet 2f inches. 

One Mile. 

F. M. Ingram (Corinthians), 1 ; C. Ekin (Barbarians), 2. 
Time, 4 minutes 34 seconds. 

Photo : Bawdtn Bros. 

Corinthians v. Queen's Park, 1902. 

Photo : Bo-wden Bros. 

Corinthians v. Stoke, 1904. 

R. N. R. Blaker scoring. 

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The cricket match was played some time 
after, and resulted in a win for the Barbarians, 
the only one of the four events in which they 
were successful. 

Confined as the club is to so small a 
number of playing members, it is worthy of 
note that it has on three occasions placed 
two teams in the field on the same day to 
oppose professional sides. 

At Leyton, on January 26, 1889, one 
team lost to Preston North End (0-1), while 
the other eleven defeated Notts Forest (2-1) 
at the Oval. On November 6, 1897, Black- 
burn Rovers were defeated (3-1) at Queen's 
Club, while a draw of 2-2 was being effected 
at Sheffield. And, lastly, on December 28, 
1897, Derby County was defeated at Derby 
by 2-i t and Leicester Fosse at Leicester by 
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By C. B. FRY 

The story of any big football club is neces- 
sarily, to a large extent, the story of its leading 
players. The story of the Corinthians, how- 
ever, is peculiarly so. If you study the history 
of almost any big professional club you will 
find that its fortunes have been inextricably 
mixed up with business — the business, I mean, 
of securing sites for grounds, of building stands 
and making accommodation, of tiding over 
periods of financial depression, and so on. So 
much so, that the men who have conducted the 
business management have really had more 
to do with the success of these clubs than have 
the actual players. None of these things, 
however, come into Corinthian history. The 
club has never possessed a ground of its own, 
and has never had to consider finance. Its 
story is the story of its great players, pure and 

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In spite of the tremendous strength of its 
defence in the time of W. R. Moon and the 
brothers Walters, and later of W. J. Oakley 
and L. V. Lodge, and in spite of its uninter- 
rupted tale of good backs, such as A. T. B. 
Dunn, F. R. Pelly, and A. H. Harrison, of 
half-backs such as A. Amos, Norman Bailey, 
H. E. D. Hammond, C. Holden-White, and 
C. Wreford-Brown, all Internationals against 
Scodand, it has been the forward strength of 
the club that has been its main feature and the 
chief cause of its success. It is convenient, 
therefore, to divide its history into the periods 
of the dominating characters among its for- 
wards. Its first prime, from 1884 to 1887, 
was the period of W. N. Cobbold and E. C. 
Bambridge; its second prime, from 1889 to 
1893, °f George Cotterill and J. G. Veitch ; 
its third prime, from 1893 to 1901, of G. O. 
Smith ; from 1901 till to-day may be called its 
present. These divisions are not precisely 
accurate, but they serve our purpose. 

The Cobbold- Bambridge era was, perhaps, 
the best of all, especially in 1885 and 1886, 
when Moon and the Walters came in behind 
N. C. Bailey, and when Cobbold, Bambridge, 


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Lindley, and Brann were still in their prime 
among the forwards. The Blackburn Rovers 
were then at the zenith of their cup-winning 
career, yet the Corinthians beat them 8-1 at 
Blackburn in the season of 1884-85, and 
again by 6-0 in the season of 1885-86. The 
England eleven of 1886 v. Scotland has 
already been mentioned as containing nine 
Corinthians, and as being the best, perhaps, 
England has ever produced. 

Without presenting all the great players 
of each era, I may draw brief pictures of 
some. W. N. Cobbold must come first. He 
played inside left, with E. C. Bambridge 
outside. Called by his friends " Nuts " — 
possibly because he was of the very best 
Kentish cob quality, all kernel, and extremely 
hard to crack — built on ideal football lines, 
with sturdy legs and hips that could have 
carried a far heavier body, no half that was 
set to mark him ever got the best of it 
Swathed in rubber bandages and ankle-guards 
he never got crocked ; and doubtless the 
medical appliances were used only as pre- 
ventives. As a dribbler we have never seen 
his equal. He had a peculiar shuffling run ; 


just a wriggle between the halves, and a 
wonderful knack of shooting at quite unex- 
pected moments and impossible angles ; and 
his shooting boots must have been made by 
Krupp. " Nuts " had one weakness, and that 
was his heading; the only time he was ever 
known to be angry was when outside wing 
men persisted in "middling" high. Scru- 
pulously fair, with the gentlest of reproofs 
for halves who tried to trip him, " Nuts " was 
the Bayard of the football field, the forward 
without fear and without blame. 

E. C. Bambridge, known as " Charlie Bam," 
was the cheeriest and wittiest of good fellows to 
be on tour with, always ready to crack a joke 
with any cabby or busman, folks who were 
never known to score off him in repartee, all 
life and bounce, right from his neat instep 
(which was built for kicking a football) to the 
top of his well-groomed poll. He was known 
as a personal friend on every ground, and his 
northern admirers, whether they were the 
keen mill-hands of Preston or the dry ship- 
wrights of Glasgow, were always waiting to 
give him a hearty handshake. 

Cobbold and Bambridge — what a combina- 




tion! And what glorious runs their names 
conjure up ! And that final middle of " Barn's" 
from an apparently impossible angle near the 
corner flag ! The ball must go behind ! But, 
no — whizz ! it comes right across the goal- 
mouth, about knee-high, just right for Tinsley 
Lindley to take it on the full volley and bang 
it through. " Barn's " pluck was proverbial. 
Nothing less than a broken limb could knock 
him out. The story goes that on one occasion 
in the final of the County Cup he was looked 
upon as a certain non-starter. He had broken 
a leg not many weeks before, and his oppo- 
nents reckoned that the bone could not possibly 
have mended, and without him they looked upon 
the cup as already in their club-house. Picture 
their consternation when at the last minute 
" Bam" drove up ready dressed for the fray. 
True, he was wearing a very large and pro- 
minent white shin-guard outside the stocking of 
the injured limb. These were the good whole- 
some hacking days, and at half-time that white 
shin-guard was full of wounds. But " Bam " 
refused to be knocked out, and eventually got 
through and scored the winning goal. It was 
then discovered that the shin-guard had been 


put on the sound limb as a bait The injured 
one had been unprotected — and untouched. 

This great left wing had the advantage of 
playing beside one of the greatest centre for- 
wards ever known — Tinsley Lindley. He is 
certainly to be placed in the same class as G. 
O. Smith. This is praise indeed ; yet Lindley 
can be bracketed with him as the other great 
Corinthian centre. Of somewhat similar build 
to G. O. — if anything, more lightly knit — he 
had that same wonderful facility of evading 
the heaviest of charges, and even the strong, 
heavy-charging North End halves often found 
themselves chasing a shadow. Moreover, 
was he not weaned to football at the hard 
Nottingham school, where every trick was 
thoroughly known and taught? Even the 
Scotchman — clever as he was — could teach 
him nothing. 

A regular Cinquevalli with his feet, he 
would juggle the ball through from anywhere. 
He and Cobbold often scored from the kick- 
off without their opponents touching the ball. 
Like his famous comrade, he had a dislike 
of heading, but his extreme cleverness with 
his feet made up for any lack of skill at this 

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end. Perhaps his shots lacked the plug and 
pace of G. O. Smiths, and he preferred 
dribbling through the goal to taking long 
shots. Above all, he was very good at taking 
the ball on the full volley from a centre. 
It was just eye and timing, like a Ranji 
glance-to-leg. Sometimes he did miss a 
goal, as the following little anecdote of his 
shows : — 

"The most disappointed player after a 
game that I ever saw was J. S. 'Miller 1 (Dr. 
John Smith). This was in 1885, when he 
was playing against Preston at the Oval, 
and most anxious to be for once on the win- 
ning side versus that team. Two minutes 
from time I missed the easiest of goals. 
The whistle blew, and, on entering the 
pavilion, 'Miller' came up and said: 'I did 
want to beat Preston once, and you have 
made a fool of yourself/ I said, ' Well, 
you are quite right, but ought to be satisfied 
with the result — three to two.' 'What!' 
said ' Miller ' ; 'of course, I must be the fool 
— I'd forgotten the score !'" 

It is interesting, by the way, that several 
famous Scottish players have been Corin- 


thians, notably Dr. John Smith and John 
Lambie— both grand forwards. 

Then there was George Brann at inside or 
outside right, a veritable champion. Most 
people know him so well as a Sussex cricketer 
that they overlook his football. Yet he was 
one of the finest forwards England has ever 
had. In the Scotland match of 1886, with 
Cobbold, Bambridge, and Lindley on the 
same side, he was picked out by the Scotch 
critics as the best forward on the field. " He 
seemed to be able to do anything with our 
men; and as he ploughed along indifferent 
to, or in spite of, all opposition, with the 
ball at his toe, he was greeted on all sides 
with 'Well played ! ,w It was d propos of 
this match that "Wanderer" of the Sports- 
man wrote: M Brann was very popular. But 
with all due respect to the Ardingly tutor, 
he should be a trifle more careful in his 
costume, as it is scarcely the thing to career 
down the wing with one's shirt fluttering gaily 
in the breeze. " George was quite angry at 
this effort to teach him propriety. Poor 
"Wanderer"! I'm sure he meant no harm. 
He was a remarkable player, George Brann ; 


very fast, very clever, with a swoopy, swing- 
ing* yet quick - changing dribble, and the 
hardest charger I ever met. He met you 
plump with his shoulder, all his weight in- 
stantly concentrated at the point of impact 
He played sometimes with C. Holden-White, 
who afterwards became a great half-back, 
sometimes with B. W. Spilsbury as a partner. 
Both made very powerful left wings. 

Of the half-backs of this period N. C. 
Bailey was the greatest 

As Cobbold was king of the forwards, so 
was Norman Bailey the monarch of the 
halves. Why, he had more dates to his 
International cap than the peak would hold. 
There was great rivalry between him and 
Charlie Campbell, the great Queen's Park 
half, as to who would last the longer. They 
finished all square with a record of ten up in 
the shape of caps. Bailey's greatness showed 
itself in his judgment Although somewhat 
heavily built, he was gifted with extraordinary 
quickness of foot; and, like W. Arnott, he 
must have been double-jointed in the knee 
and ankle, for he was able to run towards his 
own goal and kick straight back, apparently 


without turning his body. Always in the 
right spot to intercept a pass or a shot, and 
unerring in getting the ball away to a for- 
ward, a giant in strength, he never used 
it unkindly, and had ever a kind word of 
encouragement for young players. 

R. T. Squire was another great half-back of 
the period. He, Bailey, and F. E. Saunders 
made a terribly tough trio. Squire was a 
good back, too, very sound and powerful. 

But the great backs were the famous P. M. 
and A. M. Walters, who as a pair have never 
been surpassed and scarcely equalled. 

Their northern friends dubbed them 
" Morning and Afternoon" Walters, and they 
loved them, for they were built on their own 
hard-bitten lines, and could have swung a 
hammer or tossed a caber with the best of 
them. How the brothers loved those tough 
Preston fights, where they met five sturdy 
forwards who were game for a rough-and- 
tumble charge! And it required grit to in- 
dulge in a bout with P.N.E. Both verging 
on 13 stone, all muscle and bone — the latter 
predominating, so the forwards thought — 
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heads. With these qualifications it is small 
wonder that England looked no further for 
its full-backs. Playing together, there was 
not a pin to choose between them in regard 
to skill. With a strange partner P. M. was 
possibly the sounder player, A. M. the more 
brilliant. Their methods were somewhat 
daring ; playing right up to their halves, they 
trusted to their pace to overhaul any fast 
forward who should break through. The 
present-day referee would probably have 
considered them too robust, but times have 
changed, and the old fair heavy "barging" 
has given place to tricks which were not in 
A. M.'s and P. M.'s repertory. 

In goal behind them was W. R. Moon. 
The Corinthians have to thank the playing- 
fields of Westminster for some of their 
greatest members. Billy Moon was one of 
these. So good was he that almost up to 
the time of his retirement no other goal- 
keeper was even thought of for the Inter- 
national match. How he must envy the 
present-day goal-keeper! In his day the 
Goal-keeper's Protection Act had not been 
passed, and it was the special duty of a for- 


ward, when the ball was centred, to make 
straight for him, and "barge" him through. 
Billy says he prefers the old days, for he was 
ever a fighter, and likes hard knocks. He 
keeps wicket, and this doubtless gave him 
that wonderfully safe pair of hands, and that 
wonderful eye that could detect which corner 
of the goal the forward was aiming at. Cool 
as a refrigerator, nothing ruffled him. On 
one occasion he came near to losing his 
temper. It was in Corinthians v. Glasgow 
Rangers at Ibrox Park. The Rangers' foot- 
ball was not lamb-like, which is possibly why 
the Corinthians enjoyed the game. On this 
occasion Moon had come a long way out of 
goal, and had taken the ball off a forward's 
toe, and punted it away, and was returning 
to goal when the forward deliberately as- 
sisted him with a distinct hoof. It may only 
have been the Scotchman's way of showing 
his appreciation of the save, but Billy saw it 
in a different light and chased him. The 
referee saved further bloodshed. A similar 
incident occurred to another Corinthian, S. 
S. Taylor, at Port Elizabeth, in 1897. A 
Natalian lost his temper and kicked Taylor 

N. C. Bailey. 

W. R. Moon. 

W. J.. Oakley. P. m. Walters. 

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when the ball was half the field away. " Did 
you see that?" inquired Taylor, mildly, of 
the referee. "Yes," replied the referee, "but 
an unintentional kick is not a foul" 

Much of the success of the second prime 
of Corinthian football was due to those 
players of the first who still remained in the 
team — Moon, the Walters, Brann, and Lind- 
ley. But the forward line had changed. 
J. G. Veitch and G. H. Cotterill came in on 
either side of Lindley. From the half-back 
line Bailey and Squire were gone, and C. 
Wreford-Brown, H. E. D. Hammond, and 
C. H olden- White took their places. It is 
impossible to be quite accurate; but this 
statement is near enough. 

In this period the Corinthians did one of 
their greatest performances in beating the 
all-conquering Preston North End team at 
Richmond by 5 to o. North End was then 
at its zenith, and its team is still regarded by 
many as since unequalled by any professional 
club. H. B. Daft, who afterwards played 
cricket and football for Nottingham as a pro- 
fessional, was Brann's outside partner in this 


C. Wreford-Brown played so long and so 
finely for the Corinthians that one period can 
scarcely claim him as its product. He began 
his football life as a goal-keeper. He "kept" 
in that memorable cup-tie at the Oval be- 
tween Old Carthusians v. P.N.E. He has 
doubtless taken part in hundreds of games 
since then, but never a better or more ex- 
citing one. His goal-keeping, however, has 
long since been forgotten ; but as a half he 
is with us still. He retired years ago, so 
the papers told us, but he now takes teams 
to South Africa and other foreign countries, 
and is annoyed if he misses a match. His 
style of play is somewhat like Norman 
Bailey's, although Wreford is more of a 
rover, and is not above doing both the wing 
halves' work. In addition to being a lawyer, 
he is, or was, a football legislator, and takes 
the chair at club smoking concerts. He is 
always busy, both on and off the field, and 
gives one the idea that he is overworked, 
but his looks belie him, and he can still last 
through the hardest of games on the muddiest 
of grounds. We shall expect to find him 
playing for England at centre forward in ten 

G. Brann. 

S. H. Day. 

C. Wreford-Broyvn. E. C. Bambridge. 

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years' time. His main attribute was, and 
is, unmitigated, untiring, scientific plug. He 
goes on and on and on — and always on the 
ball. C. H olden- White was a very polished 
half-back — just the half-back a clever inside 
forward would be likely to become. In 
earlier days the Corinthians once had an 
all -round match with Preston North End. 
It included shooting, billiards, and whist. 
The first two events were impromptu, viz. 
ioo yards and a quarter mile. H olden- White 
was the Corinthian representative, and for 
Preston a gentleman toed the mark who was 
called champion of the Pyrenees (he had 
ridden a bicycle up them!) H. White won 
easily, his opponent falling after going about 
twenty yards. All the latter said was, "I'm 
not going to run against that 'pro* again." 

H. E. D. Hammond was an absolutely 
first-rate and powerful player. A. G. Hen- 
frey, who at one time played centre forward, 
was a fine half-back, and gained his Inter- 
national cap against Scotland. He was a 
renowned wit on Christmas tours. He is the 
only Corinthian ever known to have won a 
bet from a Scotsman. 


The Corinthian team arrived at Dundee one 
winter's day — temperature, 10 degrees of frost 
— and found the changing room warmed with 
a small stove, red hot "Cocky" Henfrey 
betted the Dundee president a bottle of 
champagne he would sit on the stove. The 
Scot said, "Vara guid." "Cocky" rose with 
a block of wood, which happened to be on 
the bench from which he issued his challenge, 
hidden under his coat-tails, and sat on the 
stove with equanimity. The Scotsman was 
amazed — but he paid. 

George Cotterill and John Veitch, the labels 
of the period, were two notable forwards. 
Both were very tall and very strong, and 
quite fast. Veitch was the more brilliant of 
the two, and on his day was as fine an inside 
left as the country has seen ; but he was 
variable, and had his days, and he never 
played against Scotland. He had the West- 
minster knack of clever dribbling, and on his 
day was a very deadly shot. Cotterill was a 
quiet but effective forward, with a great gift 
of pushing the ball through at the end of his 
long stride. He could play centre as well as 
inside. The Corinthian forward line at this 



time often averaged all but 13 stone in 
weight To this day people speak of "the 
typical Corinthian forward like Veitch and 
Cotterill." Other fine forwards of this time 
were R. C. Gosling, a typical Etonian, very 
fast, skilful, and unselfish ; and R. R. Sandi- 
lands, a very speedy outside left 

After the Walters' retired, about 1890, 
several fine backs played for the Corinthians 
— notably A. H. Harrison and F. R. Pelly; 
and L. H. Gay, the wicket-keeper, was no 
unworthy successor of Moon in goal. F. R. 
Pelly, although very active, was a tremendously 
massive and heavy man. The Corinthians 
were playing against the Bolton Wanderers 
some years ago — about the time I made the 
then record long jump. Pelly and I were 
advertised as the two backs. As he went on 
to the field a few minutes before me one of 
the crowd pointed to him, and said to his 
neighbour, "That's the cove who jumped 23 ft 
6 in." " Is he, then ? " was the reply, with 
a surprised stock-taking of Pelly's 16 stone. 
" What a 'ole he must ha' made in the floor ! " 

The two giant forwards — Veitch and Cot- 
terill — overlapped into the third prime of the 



Corinthians, the G. O. Smith era, as also did 
R. C. Gosling. When G. O. played between 
Veitch and Cotterill the combination was 

G. O. Smith, of course, stands out above all 
latter-day Corinthian forwards as the greatest 
by far. R. E. Foster is his only rival, and he 
had nothing like so long a career. Possibly 
S. S. Harris, of to-day, may prove another 
rival. But G. O. is really sui generis; he is 
accepted as the greatest centre forward of his 

The secret of his consummate skill in foot- 
ball, his adroitness in trapping and controlling 
the ball, his mastery in dribbling, his precision 
in passing and deftness in shooting, was an 
altogether uncommon faculty of balance and 
an altogether uncommon neatness of foot. It 
was by his balance that, without being a 
sprinter, he moved so quickly; his speed on 
a field with a ball consisted of quickness in 
starting, in turning, in stopping, and in chang- 
ing his paces. By his own quick change of 
balance he upset that of a would-be tackier ; 
got him stuck on the wrong leg two yards out of 
reach. By quick change of balance he feinted, 


without swerving from his bee-line of pro- 
gress ; by balance he arranged in a twinkling 
for his lightning shot through a 2 ft space. By 
balance he moved always unruffled and fluent. 
He never sprawled feet wide apart, never let 
any bias of motion take him out of action. 
His neatness of foot gave him his more 
obvious virtues— cleverness and quickness ; a 
foot so light in running, so heavy, by accurate 
timing, to drive his shot Over and above, he 
had an uncommon instinct, that of the genius 
half-back, for the future whereabouts of the 
ball ; and his own special instinct for the 
whereabouts of self and friends, and the clear 
passages between. He'd eyes all round his 
shirt, had " G. O." Most unselfish of players, 
he got most of his many goals by his own 
individual finishing effort. Just his own final 
turn of the ball made good the chance, though 
the midfield leading up was done by pass and 
repass. And no forward was ever more art- 
fully adept at drawing his opponents before 

R. E. Foster, if he was not a "G. O." in 
point of International honours, nor as consis- 
tent in form, was, at his best, little or nothing 


behind him in skill ; and he was more typically 
Corinthian in his play than G. O. Tip Foster, 
as he played at the Crystal Palace against 
Scotland, need fear comparison with no man. 
He would have been an ornament alongside 
of Bambridge and Cobbold. Tall and long- 
limbed, quick without being fast, he had a 
marvellous dexterity of foot, and controlled 
the ball, caressed and persuaded it, with a 
cunning that seemed almost manual. His 
resource was unbounded, and he had a charm- 
ing cheekiness of method that commanded 
success. He shot with tremendous force and 
directness, and often scored from a distance 
which to most forwards would have been quite 
out of range. He will be remembered, like 
Brann, rather as a great batsman than as a 
great forward ; but his football is as undeniable 
as his cricket. 

Of wing forwards in the G. O. era, Top- 
ham, at outside right, who overlapped from 
the Veitch-Cotterill time, deserves mention: 
a very powerful fast winger, with tremendous 
verve and drive. Very like him was (or is ?) 
his successor, G. C. Vassall, the famous long 
jumper. He covered 23 ft. in three successive 


jumps at the Oxford and Cambridge sports. 
Had he played more regularly, he would have 
won great fame. His pace at his best is 
tremendous, and he goes down the touch-line 
like a cavalry charge. He is brother of Harry 
Vassall, the great Rugby forward, who is said 
to have made the modern style of Rugby for- 
ward play. 

M. H. Stanbrough, who played outside, 
sometimes right, sometimes left, was another 
shining light of G. O.'s days. 

The half-backs of G. O.'s time, with the ex- 
ception of C. Wreford-Brown, the perennial, 
and B. Middleditch and H. Vickers, were 
scarcely quite up to the best standard of the 
preceding primes. But in L. V. Lodge and 
W. J. Oakley the club had two magnificent 
backs, who together represented England v. 
Scotland. Both were fast, powerful, and skil- 
ful. Lodge had masterful dash, and as a 
tackier was scarcely less triumphantly unde- 
niable than the Walters ; and he could head 
the ball as far as many men can kick it. 
Oakleys methods were more deliberate, but 
every bit as telling. Tall, strong, and heavy, 
he was nevertheless very active and clever. 


He had tremendous pace — he won the Inter- 
' Varsity hurdles in i6£ sees. — and a wonder- 
ful knack of overtaking and dispossessing an 
opposing forward. Above all, his kicking was 
beyond reproach; he kept the ball low and 
fed his forwards to an inch. He was never 
flustered or in difficulties. 

Of the present-day Corinthians it is not 
necessary to write at length. They are with 
us to be seen. Their bright particular star is 
S. S. Harris, who, with the Kent cricketer 
S. H. Day, another fine player, was the chief 
despoiler of Bury, and also played grandly in 
the last England v. Scotland match — a forward 
quite up to the best Corinthian tradition. In 
style he is something between a Veitch and a 



In 1897, for the first time in the club's annals, 
a tour was arranged in South Africa. The 
side collected by Mr. N. L. Jackson to under- 
take the journey was a strong one, composed 
of R. Topham (captain), H. A. Rauthmell, 
J. Grievson, J. Gettins, A. Guy, S. S. Taylor, 
W. Campbell, C. J. Burnup, G. H. Simpson, 
H. Vickers, E. H. Bray, C. B. Ward, W. F. 
Stanbrough, R. R. Barker. 

On Friday, June 25, the team started from 
the Millwall Docks in the R.M.S. Norham 
Castle. Special arrangements had been made 
for the passengers to witness the great Naval 
Review at Spithead, which they did under 
most propitious circumstances. 

The boat was hardly out of sight of land 

when we encountered a thunderstorm, and 

this was the signal for several days of rough 

weather, which drove a large number of us 

to our berths. There was plenty to amuse 

us on board. A fancy-dress ball was held 



one night, in which every one of the team 
took part, some of the dresses being excellent, 
in spite of the limited facilities for making 
them on board ship. Another day there 
were athletic sports, at which Campbell dis- 
tinguished himself by jumping five feet in 
the high jump. The obstacle race, which 
included a pig-net, under which one had to 
creep with a water-hose playing on it, afforded 
probably more amusement to the spectators 
than to the competitors. 

On July 6 we crossed the Equator, and eight 
days later arrived at Table Bay. 

We were welcomed by a large number of 
influential representatives of different branches 
of sport, and the same day found us having 
a practice game on Newlands cricket ground. 

The first match was against the Civilians, 
and we won by 4-0. Much rain had fallen 
during the night, and the ground was com- 
pletely under water. We found them a hard- 
playing side, but lacking combination, and we 
had much the best of the game throughout. 
The second match of the tour — namely, that 
against the Cape Military — ended in exactly 
the same result. The last of the three matches 








SOUTH AFRICA, 1897 59 

set for decision at Cape Town found the 
Corinthians still in form, their victims this 
time being the Western Province, who were 
defeated by 5-0. There was quite a large 
attendance, which included the Governor of 
Cape Town. 

During our stay at Cape Town we were 
most hospitably entertained, and were driven 
to many places of interest around Table 

On leaving Cape Town we had a journey 
of nearly 900 miles to King William's Town. 
The train was very slow, rarely exceeding 20 
miles an hour ; but we passed some interesting 
scenery, and what with stoppages and cards 
we managed to amuse ourselves pretty well. 
Vickers had sprained his ankle at Cape Town 
and was left behind, but he caught us up 
shortly after, together with Burnup and Bray, 
who had stayed behind to play in the 'Varsity 
cricket match. We beat King William's Town 
by 6-1. During our stay we had a delightful 
drive of some thirty miles through very rough 
yet grand country, and visited a Kaffir " kraal. " 
Leaving here, we arrived at Queenstown. After 
defeating them by 8-1, we journeyed to East 


London, where we were yet again victorious 
by 4-0. At all these towns we received a 
warm welcome from every one, and were most 
hospitably entertained, picnics and banquets 
being arranged for us, and everything done 
to make our visit a pleasant one. 

We next went to Johannesburg, and after 
defeating them and the Transvaal, each by 
3-1, the old Natalians caught us on an off 
day, and we could only make a draw of 1-1 
with them. The travelling was now beginning 
to tell on us, and the hard, dry grounds were 
most trying to one's feet. 

Next we visited Pretoria, where we had the 
interesting experience of paying a visit to 
President Kriiger. We found him exactly as 
his portraits represent him, smoking, of course, 
the inevitable pipe. His first remark was to 
ask us if we were Rhodes's men, and when 
Topham replied in the negative he seemed 
much pleased. After talking some time on 
general topics he wished us all a good time, 
and we departed, little dreaming, perhaps, tljat 
the world would so soon be ringing with his 

Playing Pretoria on August 11, we added 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1897 61 

yet another victory to our credit by defeating 
them 9-0. 

From Pretoria we returned to Johannesburg, 
where the first test match took place against 
South Africa. It was an excellent game, but 
the Corinthians' back division always seemed 
to have the measure of the opposing forwards, 
and with Topham and Stanbrough in great 
form, we won by 3-0. 

At Johannesburg a cricket match was 
arranged, which we also won. The opposing 
side had Halliwell, Sinclair, and Tancred 
among their number, besides other well-known 

A most enjoyable dance was held here in 
our honour, and Mr. Bailey invited us to a 
shooting party, where we had an excellent 
time. A visit to the Robinson Mine, where 
every stage of the vast undertaking was de- 
scribed to us, proved most interesting. 

Leaving Johannesburg, we next journeyed to 
Pietermaritzburg, passing the famous Majuba 
Hill on the way. During our stay here we 
visited Tetelaka, a friendly chief, who lived in 
a kraal 900 feet above the town. Besides 
being blessed with fifteen wives, he is the 


proud possessor of a very fine set of false 
teeth! The match here we won by i-o, and 
were afterwards most hospitably entertained 
by the officers of the garrison at Port Napier. 

Our next stopping place was Durban, and 
we were all delighted to find a ground with 
grass, the first since leaving Cape Town. 
Another victory by 3-0 over Durban, and on 
August 19 we played the second test match, 
which we won somewhat easily by 4-1. 

From Durban we went to Bloemfontein. 
Here our goal-keeper Campbell had the bad 
luck to split his knee-cap, which prevented his 
taking further part in the tour. Still con- 
tinuing our victorious career, we beat the 
Orange Free State by 6-2 and Griqualand 
West 10- 1, the largest score we had yet 

We paid a most interesting visit while at 
Kimberley to the great De Beers Mines, and 
saw the various tribes of Kaffirs and Zulus 
execute their war-dances in the compound. 
Putting on canvas clothes, we were taken to 
the bottom of the 1500 ft. level, and saw 
the many wonderful appliances employed for 
working the great mine. On our return we 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1897 63 

were shown a pile of diamonds, representing 
in value many thousands of pounds. 

Another test match took place on August 
31 against Cape Colony, the Corinthians win- 
ning a somewhat one-sided game by 6-0. 
The following day we opposed King William's 
Town, who succumbed to the amount of 9-1 
at our hands. In this match Vickers took 
Campbell's place in goal, and continued in 
that position throughout the rest of the tour, 
proving himself as able between the posts as 
he did in stopping the rushes of the opposition 
before he met with his injury. 

After another victory of 8-0 over Grahams- 
town, we arrived at Port Elizabeth, glad to get 
a glimpse of the sea and the beautiful scenery 
around. Here we were taken over the 
Hawarden Castle^ the boat by which we 
were to return from Cape Town. The same 
afternoon we, played Port Elizabeth, and won 
once more by 3-0. A second match, too, was 
arranged with die Cape Town team; and, 
curiously enough, for a second time, too, we 
found the ground under water. However, our 
team rose superior to these difficulties, and 
confirmed their previous victory by defeating 


them 6-3. Our opponents played a capital 
game, and showed much better combination 
than in the former match, having no doubt 
benefited by experience. 

The last test match took place on Monday, 
September 13, against Cape Colony. The 
game was perhaps one of the best of the tour, 
and was fought out with tremendous vigour 
and pace from start to finish. The better com- 
bination of the Corinthians told, and they won 
amidst much enthusiasm by 2-1. Thus ended 
the tour. 

During our many travels we had played 23 
matches, of which we won 21 and drew 2, 
scoring 113 goals against 15. It was a fine 
performance, since only 14 men took part in 
the tour, and what with the hard grounds, 
entertainments, and long journeys, few escaped 
scatheless, and the continual work had told 
considerably on every one. Almost our last 
act was to climb Table Mountain, and next 
day we embarked on the Hawarden Castle^ 
and, after a most enjoyable voyage, arrived 
in London on October 3. 

That the tour was a success in every way is 
undoubted. The goal average speaks for the 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1897 65 

great superiority of the Corinthians on the 
field ; the large attendances at the matches, 
and the interest shown at all the places visited, 
testify to the popularity of the game in South 
Africa. A real disadvantage to the perfecting 
of the game at the time of this tour was the 
lack of really good grounds. They were all, 
of course, hard, but the majority were also 
very uneven. It was seldom the Corinthians 
could play their true passing game with any 
hope of accuracy, and their being compelled 
to adapt their style of play to the various 
conditions possibly prevented the best results 
being attained from the tour. Still, that a great 
impetus was given to Association was affirmed 
on all sides, and the second visit of the team 
in 1903 found South African football in a 
much advanced state. 




The team, which consisted of T. S. Row- 
landson (goal) ; P. L. Hollins, W. U. Timmis 
(backs); A. F. Leach- Lewis, C. Wreford- 
Brown, J. G. Birch (half-backs) ; G. S. D. 
Rider, F. H. Bryant, J. E. Balfour- Melville, 
G. L. Mellin, and H. S. Snell (forwards), 
sailed from Southampton in the Union Castle 
ship Dunnottar Castle on June 13. Mrs. 
Wreford-Brown, the wife of the Corinthian 
captain, also accompanied the party. The 
start from England was very unpropitious, 
as heavy rain began to fall as the boat train 
was on its way, and London had the very 
exceptional experience of i\ inches of rain, 
which never abated for thirty-six hours. How- 
ever, the boat soon left this behind, and after 
a calm passage across the Bay of Biscay we 
arrived at Madeira on June 17, and went up 
the mountain for breakfast, where we had 
a glorious view of the ocean and the trees 



SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 67 

and vines. We also had a most delightful 
ride in toboggans down the steep track — 
the nervous man being perhaps too agitated 
at the wonderful way in which the natives 
stop the toboggan, when it seems to be going 
about twenty miles an hour. We saw mighty 
Teneriffe, and passed Cape Verde on the 20th, 
after which no more land was seen for ten days. 
Several members of the team were very suc- 
cessful in the sports, notably Leach-Lewis, 
who, in the turtle pull, defeated a fellow- 
passenger, who had often been on the same 
voyage, and acknowledged he had never 
been beaten before; but then Leach- Lewis 
scales fifteen stone. Owing to a strong sea 
running against us, we were rather late in 
arriving at Cape Town, which was reached 
on the morning of the last day of June, about 
eleven o'clock, Table Mountain showing in 
all its glory in the splendid sunlight. The 
team was welcomed very kindly by the 
Mayor of Cape Town. The next day every 
one went down to get some practice on the 
ground at Green Point, a fine ground with 
plenty of soft grass. The sun at midday 
seemed to have as much power as it has in 


England in July or August, so we seldom 
used to start matches till after 4 p.m. The 
first match was against the Colonial Born 
on July 2, and we won by 8-2. The 
game had made great strides in South 
Africa since the visit of the first Corinthian 
team during the summer of 1897, so many 
Colonial athletes having taken up football. 
The Colonials found the combination of 
Mellin, Bryant, and Snell too good for them ; 
and Mellin, with his fine physique, often 
went right through the opposing defence 
on his own. 

The next day a visit was paid to Groote 
Schur, where the team were very kindly 
entertained by Mr. Le Sueur, the secretary 
of Mr. Rhodes's trustees; and we enjoyed 
heartily seeing the magnificent estate and 
house of the great man, with its many 
wonderful treasures. 

Saturday began with a heavy downpour, 
but it cleared up for a short time in the after- 
noon, and over 8000 people were on the 
ground at Green Point, for the second match 
of the tour against the Western Province XI. 
Throughout the greater part of the first half 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 69 

of the game the Corinthians were attacking, 
but the gale which was blowing from our 
goal made it difficult for the half-backs to 
pass accurately, and many good openings 
were lost through the ball going over the 
line. The first goal came from a beautiful 
pass to Snell from Mellin, who had received 
the ball from Wreford-Brown, and Snell, 
running through, scored with a hot shot. 
The score had not increased at half-time, 
Stiles saving splendidly on several occasions. 
Afterwards, with the rain descending in tor- 
rents, and the gale from the sea increasing 
in force, the Corinthians were very hard put 
to it to save their goal. However, after 
the Western Province had equalised from a 
penalty, given for an accidental hands outside 
the fatal area, Wreford-Brown instilled fresh 
life into his men, and Balfour-Melville scored 
after a fine piece of work. The game ended 
with two goals to one in our favour. The 
Western Province halves played a great 
game for their side. 

The Mayor of Cape Town entertained the 
team at the Mount Nelson Hotel in the even- 
ing, and expressed the hope that several mem- 


bers would settle in the Colony, following the 
example of S. S. Taylor, A. N. Greig, and 
J. E. Grievson of the 1897 team. He also 
referred to the coincidence of that team 
having come out with three sisters on the 
same boat — one being now married to Taylor 
and another to Grievson ; perhaps 

The team left Cape Town next day, and 
travelled to Kimberley for the next match. 
We arrived in Kimberley, after two nights 
in the train, on Tuesday morning. At 
Kimberley the offices of De Beers proved 
very interesting, and some of the party went 
down a diamond mine. It was also a grand 
sight to watch the blasting operations from 
the edge of a big open mine, the smoke 
shooting out after each report 500 feet 

The match against the Griqualand West 
team, which included five members of the 
Cape Mounted Police, all strong, hard players, 
took place on July 8. A close struggle 
delighted the spectators, although, in the 
end, their tremendous efforts seemed to tell 
on the Kimberley team. They did, indeed, 
score first; but the Corinthians' combination 

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was too much for them, and they were 
defeated by 3-1. Bryant played splendidly 
among the Corinthian forwards. The ground 
was very hard, and when the British 
Rugby team toured in South Africa shortly 
after and played there, they called it the 

From Kimberley we went by mule- waggons 
across the veldt to Bloemfontein, staying for 
a couple of hours at Paardeberg to admire the 
Boer trenches. We slept for one night at a 
farm, where, as all the doors and windows 
were missing, it was bitterly cold. The second 
day we reached Bloemfontein very late and 
very tired, so that on the morrow, July n, we 
did not do ourselves justice against Bloem- 
fontein, the result being a draw, 0-0. Row- 
landson saved magnificently when we were 
hard pressed in the last twenty minutes. 

On Monday, July 13, we played the Orange 
River Colony before about 5000 spectators, 
and after a much better exhibition of com- 
bined play, defeated the Colonials by one goal 
to love. The O.R.C. team included four army 
men, and had at centre half M'Pherson, the 
old Scottish International, and captain of the 


Notts Forest team when they won the Eng- 
lish Cup. He still retained much of his old 
skill, especially in passing with his head. 
Stevenson at outside right had played a splen- 
did game for Bloemfontein, but Birch looked 
after him excellently. The only goal came 
from a beautiful run by Bryant from the 
middle of the field, where, getting clear away 
on the right, he scored in the far corner of 
the net.* During our stay in Bloemfontein 
we were entertained to luncheon by Mr. 
Wilson, the acting governor, and we also 
visited the headquarters of the South African 

The team then journeyed on to Johannes- 
burg, and arrived in the early morning of 
July 15, after a sleepless night in the train. 
The same day we played Johannesburg on 
the splendid arena of the Wanderers' ground. 
Rider had a finger trodden on and broken in 
the last match, so S. S. Taylor kindly turned 
out for us. About twenty minutes from time 
we were leading by 3-0, but tiring percep- 
tibly, we came very near defeat. Newton, 
Thorne, and White (the cricketer) gave a 
fine display, Newton with his pace and sharp 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 73 

feinting being especially prominent. They 
equalised within five minutes of time, and 
the game finished with 3 goals to either 

On July 17, O. T. Norris, W. J. H. Cur- 
wen, and S. F. Peshall, who had come out in 
the Carisbrook Castle, joined us in Johannes- 
burg. The same day we paid a visit to the 
Robinson Gold Mine. We went down the 
mine itself, and observed the formation and 
extraction of the reef; and then Mr. Price, the 
manager, and Mr. Goldmann explained the 
processes of separating the gold, until we 
finally had the joy of handling a finished bar 
worth over ^3000. 

The next match against the Transvaal took 
place on the same ground on July 18, and 
this time we won by 2-1. The game was a 
very good one indeed, the Corinthian forwards 
and halves playing wonderfully well together. 
O. T. Norris came into the team at back, 
H oil ins playing half. Curwen played as out- 
side left, as Snell, owing to heart trouble, 
felt quite unable to stand the strain of violent 
exercise in so high an altitude as Johannes- 
burg. The knowledge of our opponents' 


tactics, gained in the last match, helped us to 
victory, as the insider Newton, Thorne, and 
White never found the same game. There 
were about 7000 spectators. Two days after 
we played the Wanderers, including J. H. 
Sinclair, the famous cricketer, and won by 
6-0. The next day we journeyed to Pretoria, 
where Mr. Sass very kindly entertained us in 
the evening to a delightful representation of 
" Sweet Nell of Old Drury. ,, 

On July '22 we played Pretoria, and won 
by 3-2. A strong wind made the game rather 
unscientific, and there were too many duels 
in long kicking between the backs. Bryant 
played a beautiful game, and our goals were 
chiefly the result of his passes. 

The next evening we returned to Johannes- 
burg to prepare for the test match on the 
25th, for which we were able to put our full 
strength into the field. Lord Milner and his 
staff came to watch the game, and there were 
about 7000 people present. White and Upton 
on the South African left, combining well, 
were responsible for many dangerous attacks ; 
but they found N orris impregnable, Leach- 
Lewis ably assisting him with some good 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 75 

heading. At half-time the score was blank. 
Soon after Hollins centred, and Mellin, re- 
ceiving from Bryant, drew first blood. Then 
Bryant ran through twice from midfield, and 
easily scored. The South Africans seemed 
to be played out by their strenuous efforts 
in the first hour ; or perhaps Wreford-Brown, 
Birch, and Leach - Lewis had obtained the 
measure of their forwards. 

The Corinthian combination was now like a 
machine in its accuracy ; but much of their 
success was due to Bryant, who, after feeding 
his wing man for the greater part of the game, 
and forcing Somersall to watch him, suddenly 
changed his tactics and went through on his 
own account. He broke away and scored a 
fourth goal, and just before the close, Balfour- 
Melville, running right in, put the ball back to 
Mellin, who registered a fifth. Heeley played 
a fine defensive game for the South Africans, 
and Walker, too, was very conspicuous. 

In replying for the Corinthians at a 
banquet in the evening, Wreford-Brown re- 
ferred to the difficulty of the men com- 
bining in a picked team, and said the score 
(5-0) did not represent the merits of the 


South Africans. He preferred to judge the 
football from the other matches of the tour, 
and was sure the standard of play was much 
higher than it had ever been before. As to 
impartiality of the crowd, South Africa set an 
excellent example. 

On the following Monday, after playing a 
cricket match against Mr. Sinclair's XL, in 
which we only made 105, and they 141 for 5, 
chiefly due to a fine innings of 60 by Sinclair 
himself, we left in the evening for Ladysmith. 
Our hosts in the Transvaal had been most 
kind and hospitable. The next morning we 
saw Majuba and Dundee and Elands Laagte. 
At Ladysmith we examined the remains of the 
siege in the Town Hall, and visited Wagon 
Hill and Caesar's Camp. In the afternoon of 
the 29th took place a match with Northern 
Natal, which ended in our favour by 2-1, after 
a very well contested game. The Natal team 
played a hard, robust game, and Bailey at 
outside left sent in some fine shots. Travelling 
on to Pietermaritzburg, we saw in the clear 
atmosphere all the landmarks round Colenso, 
and the first view of Maritzburg in the plains, 
hundreds of feet below, was very grand. 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 77 

During our stay there we visited the Umgeni 
Falls, about 360 feet high, and a fine sight it 
was. We found the town a most enjoyable 
place, with many good shops, and the streets 
well paved and clean. 

On Saturday, August 1, we played Maritz- 
burg before a large and enthusiastic audience, 
including many ladies. Our opponents scored 
first, but after half-time our men went at it with 
a will, and "made rings" round the Maritz- 
burg defence. They seemed, however, unable 
to score, till at last Bryant took a good pass 
from Birch, and eluding the defence, placed 
the ball in the corner of the net. Hollins with 
a beautiful shot, following a free kick, put the 
Corinthians ahead, and the whistle went soon 

The next day, Sunday, C. D. M'lver, who 
had travelled out on the Saxon after playing 
in the 'Varsity cricket match, joined us, and 
we left for Durban. Here we had our first 
defeat of the tour. The ground was rather 
uneven, but poor shooting was the real cause 
of our failure to score at all, and in the last 
minute of the game a clever run by Wilson on 
the right wing for Durban led to the only goal 


of the match. He was carried shoulder high 
from the field. The Durban team certainly 
won through their dogged persistence. Two 
days after, on August 5, we had our revenge, 
defeating Natal by 1-0. For Natal, Chalmers 
and Vogler, who has since earned great dis- 
tinction on the cricket field, played splendidly 
at back, and Louese in goal was excellent. 
Extraordinary interest was taken in the match, 
and many thought it the finest struggle ever 
seen in Durban. 

While at Durban we took the opportunity 
of climbing the Bluff, from which the view 
was magnificent ; on one side being the ocean, 
where lay the Saxon at anchor, and on the 
other the signs of the marvellous progress of 
Durban, forty thousand tons of shipping lying 
alongside the wharves, where five years ago 
cricket was played on the sand. We left 
Durban on August 6, and had a very unplea- 
sant half-hour going out on a tug to the Saxon, 
until we were hoisted on board in a basket. 
The next morning we entered the Buffalo 
River at East London in another tug. East 
London is growing very fast, land fetching an 
enormous price in the neighbourhood, We 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 79 

travelled on by train to King William's Town, 
where we played the local team on Saturday, 
August 8, and again won by the odd goal. 
The ground was very bumpy, which made 
accurate passing difficult. Bryant scored our 
first goal with a fine shot, and the local men 
equalised soon after half-time ; but afterwards 
the Corinthian forwards were always bearing 
down on the opposite goal, and Hollins placed 
his side ahead with a well-judged kick, taking 
a long pass from Snell on the run. Birch 
played a fine game at half for the Corinthians, 
and Snell, after a long rest, seemed to be much 
stronger, and to have got back his old form. 
In the evening we witnessed in the Gymnasium 
an excellent display of physical drill, dumb- 
bells, and club-swinging by the young men of 
the town and their sisters, who had all been 
trained to a wonderful efficiency. 

On Monday we returned to East London, 
and were delighted to find a ground covered 
with soft grass, on which our forwards and 
halves were able to do themselves justice, 
and gain another victory by 4-0. Rowland- 
son's powerful kicking and cool clearances 
were much appreciated by the large attend- 


ance. Mellin shot beautifully, two of his left- 
foot drives being very fine efforts. 

At a banquet in the evening Wreford-Brown 
referred to some of the grounds in South 
Africa — the hard ground of Kimberley, 
another where one had to climb a kopje to 
the goal, and a third where the centre occa- 
sionally sprang out of a trench ; but East 
London was excellent The next day we 
had a picnic on the Buffalo, which, as soon 
as the launch had passed the shipping, re- 
minded one of the wooded banks of the 
Thames, though the cliff in one place is over 
300 feet high. 

The team then journeyed on to play Queens- 
town, where we had a distinct fright, being 2 
goals down at half-time. However, we managed 
to pull through, obtaining 3 goals by Snell and 
M'lver, the results of brilliant efforts on the 
left. The local team played a keen, vigorous 
game, and Wilson was very speedy on the 
wing. A few miles out of Queenstown, we 
visited the Bongolo reservoir, built for ,£50,000, 
to supply the town with water, one of South 
Africa's great difficulties. The next match 
was at Cradock, v. the Midlands. Cradock 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 81 

is in the Karoo, about 3000 feet above sea- 
level, and is a growing health resort, owing 
to sulphur springs. Ostrich farms are very 
numerous in the district. In the market stands 
a beautiful Dutch church. 

The ground at Cradock is very even, and 
just suited the Corinthian game, and on the 
hard, sandy surface they played beautiful foot- 
ball, and won by 6-0. 

The next place we visited was Grahams- 
town, called, for its churches, the City of the 
Saints. The view from the hills on the south 
is superb. The Indian Ocean can be seen 
twenty miles away, and to the north the snow- 
clad mountains. Grahamstown was founded 
by some of the original settlers from Port 
Elizabeth in the twenties, and is a great place 
for schools. St. Andrews College lost more 
old boys during the war than any other school 
in South Africa or Great Britain. On August 
19 we played the local team, and won by 3-0. 

We also defeated the local team at cricket, 
Wreford- Brown doing the hat-trick. The in- 
habitants of Grahamstown were most hospi- 
table, and we were sorry to leave their pleasant 
company for Port Elizabeth, where, after pass- 


ing some beautifully wooded hill scenery, we 
arrived on August 21. The next day, Satur- 
day, we defeated Port Elizabeth by 5-0, and 
on Monday the Eastern Province by 4-1. 
The Corinthian front line played brilliantly in 
both games, M'lver and Bryant being very pro- 
minent, and Mellin shooting grandly, Combe- 
Hall, the old Blackburn Rover, played well for 
our opponents in both matches. The second 
game was rather spoilt by the rough tactics 
of our opponents. At Uitenhage, whither we 
next travelled, we had a very hard game, on a 
rough ground, and only Rowlandson's splendid 
work in goal gave us a victory by 1-0. Then 
we had a long journey to Kimberley for the 
return match. Stopping on the way, we in- 
spected the trenches at Magersfontein. We 
defeated Kimberley by 6-0, Bryant being in 
great form. 

The tour was now drawing to a close, and 
we had to retrace our steps to Cape Town for 
the last two matches. Here we were taken for 
a drive of forty miles, and had an opportunity 
of seeing the grandeur of Table Mountain. 

The first of the two matches was on Sep- 
tember 3 with the Western Province, and the 

SOUTH AFRICA, 1903 83 

result was the same as in the former contest, 2-1 
in our favour. Great interest was taken in the 
game, but the Corinthians on the whole did 
not do themselves justice, perhaps saving them- 
selves for the test match. Still, they had much 
the best of the game. 

The South Africans had pinned their faith 
on their team for the test match on Septem- 
ber 5, thinking it stronger than at Johannes- 
burg, and they hoped for a good fight. M'lver 
scored first after a run by Balfour-Melville. 
Soon after this Newton twisted his knee, and 
had eventually to retire, a substitute being 
found in Commaills. At half-time Bryant 
strained his thigh and retired, and so we de- 
cided to play ten a side. The four Corinthian 
forwards played beautifully, and pierced the 
South African defence thrice more, the whistle 
leaving the Corinthians victors by 4-0. It 
was probably one of the best games played by 
the team during the tour, and it was delightful 
to see the perfect understanding between the 
players, whose short passing completely wore 
down the South Africans. It was hard on 
Bryant, after playing so well all through the 
tour, to have to retire in the last match. On 


our last evening Wreford- Brown expressed a 
hope that the South Africans had benefited as 
much by the tour as we had, and thanked 
them all heartily for their great kindness. 

The summary of the tour — 25 matches 
played, 22 won, 1 lost, and 2 drawn, goals 
78-18 — is not quite so good as that of the 
1897 team, who lost no match, and scored 100 
goals ; but football has progressed. Wherever 
the grounds were good, the scores were large. 

The Corinthian team left Cape Town for 
England on the R.M.S. Walmer Castle on 
September 9 in bright sunshine, typical of the 
Cape at its best, and reached Southampton 
in a thick fog on Saturday, September 26. 
After having been away from England for fifteen 
weeks, we were glad to see green fields once 
more. Wreford- Brown was a splendid skipper 
both on and off the field, and we were all sorry 
to break up the party at Waterloo. 

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At Budapest. 

Corinthians in Budapest 


The Easter of 1904 was the first time in the 
history of the club that the Corinthians under- 
took a continental tour. G. O. Smith and 
W. J. Oakley had almost brought arrange- 
ments to a conclusion for a visit to Austria 
and Germany two years before, but unforeseen 
obstacles intervened and the tour fell through 
at the eleventh hour. Both Oxford and Cam- 
bridge had visited Austria and Hungary since 
that time, and had brought back accounts of 
the rapid strides the game had made in those 
parts, and of the keen interest which was shown 
in their visit. So, as it was thought that a tour 
farther afield would be a change from the West 
of England tour which had been the pro- 
gramme for some time, an invitation was 
accepted from the Magyar Athletikai Club 
of Budapest to play seven matches to be 
arranged by them. 

Our team of fourteen included B. O. Corbett, 

W. J. H. Curwen, S. H. Day, H. A. Lowe, 



L. J. Moon, M. Morgan-Owen, W. J. Oakley, 
G. O. Smith, W. U. Timmis, G. C. Vassall, 
H. Vickers, G. E. Wilkinson, I. G. Wither- 
ington, O. E. Wreford-Brown. All but Smith 
and Oakley started by the night boat for 
Flushing on March 30. 

It would have been a formidable lot against 
any of our English professional sides, and 
that we should come back with a good record 
was inevitable; but when a side has long 
railway journeys to make, and is subjected to 
much entertainment, to have a balance on the 
right side in proficiency is a most desirable 
possession. Dinner at Victoria occasioned 
considerable misgivings in the minds of one 
or two as to how long the interval would 
be before the next meal, for the wind was 
howling outside and it takes seven hours to 
cross to Flushing! A comfortable carriage 
and "bridge" soon brought us to the boat, 
and it was not long before the worst was, 
known. At six o'clock next morning we 
landed, one or two a little "green," and 
having small appetite for the coffee and "rolls 
which was all we could obtain. The journey 
across to Budapest took us through Hanover, 


Dresden, and Vienna. The country is not 
very interesting till one reaches the southern 
parts of Germany, and this we did, unfortu- 
nately, just as the light was beginning to fade* 
"Bridge" once more, with short intervals for 
meals, came to our rescue, and after a some- 
what uncomfortable night on the train, we 
reached Vienna at eight o'clock next morning. 
An amusing incident occurred as we crossed 
the frontier. All our luggage was taken to 
the customs for examination, and we were 
congratulating ourselves on having escaped 
without opening any of our larger trunks, 
when one belonging to Vickers was suddenly 
seized on by the customs officers. It so 
happened that its owner had disappeared, and 
after angrily demanding keys from the rest 
of the party, who tried in vain to explain 
matters, without more ado two porters burst 
the locks with a crowbar, and after carefully 
leaving the greasy print of their fingers on 
his dress-shirts, were successful enough to 
unearth a large number of cigars at the very 
moment their owner appeared on the scene. 
There were only a few minutes before the 
train started, and when we saw Vickers, 


talking hard in English, disappear with two 
sworded officials, talking hard in German, we 
thought he at any rate of our party would be left 
behind. However, Vickers' infectious geniality 
once more won the day, and he reappeared a 
few moments later with his companions, all 
wreathed in smiles and all smoking enormous 
cigars. His box was fastened up by the 
offending porters with the utmost care, and 
we learned he brought through a large number 
of cigars without paying any duty at all. At 
Vienna we were surprised to find several of 
our hosts from Budapest awaiting us. They 
had travelled up the night before to meet us 
and accompany us into Hungary. It was a 
most kindly thought on their part, and was 
only the first of many kindnesses we ex- 
perienced at the hands of the Hungarians. 
They brought us, too, a paper, which had 
been specially printed in English, to welcome 
us. Arriving at Budapest about three o'clock, 
we found the station thronged with people, and 
making our way with difficulty to half-a-dozen 
motors, we were dashed off to the Hungaria 
Hotel, thankful at last to be able to get a bath 
and change of clothes. Our quarters were 


most comfortable, all our rooms overlooking 
the Danube, and in full view of the fortress, 
perched up on the hill beyond. It was a 
particularly fine sight at night, with the thou- 
sands of twinkling lights dancing over the 
water and the hillside. 

As our match did not begin till four o'clock 
next day, we had plenty of time for sight- 
seeing. The two towns, Buda on the right 
bank, and Pesth on the left of the Danube, 
were formed into one city in 1872. The 
former is the old capital of Hungary, and is 
at the present time considerably smaller than 
Pesth, which has grown with great rapidity 
during more modern times, and contains some 
very fine streets, public parks, and buildings. 
Among other places of interest, we went over 
the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of 
Justice, the interior decorations of the former 
being especially magnificent We also paid 
a visit to the Magyar Athletikai Club, where 
we were to play our three matches in Buda- 
pest. It is situated on Margaret Island in 
the Danube, and, as its name implies, is not 
only a football ground. Polo and tennis are 
also played there, and it has a comfortable 


club-house fitted up luxuriously, and decorated 
with all kinds of sports' records. The ground 
was, as we found to be the case with most 
continental ones, on the small side, but though 
it had little grass, the surface was quite good. 

Football in Hungary owes its origin to 
Mr. Charles Iszer, who nine years ago intro- 
duced the game in Budapest. Helped by 
Messrs. Ray and Yolland, whose athletic ex- 
perience proved of great value, the game at 
once took hold of the popular fancy, and its 
success, both as an attraction to the crowd 
and a rival to the insidious coffee-house atmos- 
phere, was secured at once. The first match 
took place in 1897 against the Vienna Cricket 
and Football Club, and from this time other 
clubs quickly followed the example of the 
Torna Club. 

The Hungarian Football Association was 
formed some five years ago. It has divided 
the teams of the capital into two divisions 
for the purpose of league matches. It controls 
the players of the various clubs, and is very 
strict about qualifications, thus attempting to 
put a stop to the growing tendency to filch 
the best footballers from fellow-clubs. So 


far professionalism has been avoided, and such 
a thing as a professional team seems to be, 
as far as Hungary is concerned, relegated to 
a very distant future. 

Besides Mr. Iszer, the father of Hungarian 
football, the names of Mr. Friedrich Nandor, 
who has been the chief factor in arranging 
so many successful tours to Austria- Hungary, 
and Mr. Alfred Brtthl must be mentioned as 
having much to do with the success of the 
game. With so many keen and good sports- 
men ready to give their time and support, the 
outlook for Association football in Hungary 
should be especially bright. 

Our first match was against the Magyar 
Testgyakorl6k Kore, and was played before 
a large crowd. There is little to be said of 
the actual game beyond the fact that we won 
by 6-a Still, in spite of this large balance in 
our favour, our opponents played up hard to 
the last minute, and if pluck and energy could 
have altered matters, we might have had a 
very stiff match. 

We were entertained that night at dinner 
by our opponents of the afternoon, and the 
following day we were the guests at luncheon 


of the Magyar Athletikai Club on Margaret 
Island. A dinner and a concert, where we 
heard one of the famous Hungarian bands, 
was also given in our honour by Mr. Brtthl, 
whose hospitality we experienced on several 
other occasions. 

The second match was played on April 4, 
against the Budapesti Torna Club. Our side 
had now been strengthened by the arrival of 
G. O. Smith and W. J. Oakley, just in time 
for the game, and though they had been 
travelling for two days, they both turned out 
and were in excellent form. S. H. Day, too, 
played a great game, and shot a goal in a 
manner one rarely sees. He found himself 
some six yards from his opponents' goal, with 
his back to the goal-line and the ball in front 
of him, and being tackled on either side, he 
dexterously back -heeled the ball into the 
corner of the net, much to the goal-keeper's 
amazement, who made no effort to save it. 
When time was called we were victorious 
by 9-0. 

Next day we motored to the Royal Palace 
within the fortress, both of which are full of 
interest. The palace was completed by Maria 

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Theresa in 1771, and though destroyed in the 
middle of last century, has since been restored 
with great magnificence. The view from the 
terrace over the Danube is very fine. 

That afternoon we met the Magyar Ath- 
letikai Club, who, we were told, were going 
to make a great effort not to be defeated by 
a larger margin than our earlier victims. In 
this, however, they were destined to be dis- 
appointed, for we won by 12-0. In our three 
matches we had won by 27-0, but in spite of 
this huge total, in no game did our opponents 
relax their efforts, but went their hardest from 
start to finish. This, I think, speaks well for 
the future of the game in Hungary. If, as 
our captain mentioned at the farewell banquet 
given by the city that evening, they were 
ready to take a beating in a thoroughly sports- 
manlike manner, they were also ready to take 
a few hints from a team with a far greater ex- 
perience of the game, and when the Corinthians 
next had the good fortune to visit Budapest 
they would have to be prepared to play on con- 
siderably more even terms. We left Budapest 
next morning full of regrets that so pleasant a 
stay had come to an end. And so to Vienna. 


As we had but one match to play in Vienna, 
our stay was a short one; but we managed 
to do a certain amount of sight-seeing. We 
drove round the Ringstrasse, and after seeing 
many of the magnificent buildings for which 
Vienna is so famous, went on to Schonbrunn, 
the Emperor's palace on the outskirts of the 
city. We returned in time to see the changing 
of the guard, which, by-the-bye, is composed 
of troops from the lately annexed Bosnia, in the 
H of burg Palace — a most interesting sight. 

On reaching the ground, we found a large 
crowd waiting. As at Buda the ground was 
on the small side, and the surface being very 
uneven and hard, it was difficult to get a 
good control of the ball, and play suffered 
in consequence. Our opponents, moreover, 
were constantly breaking rules, and after gain- 
ing a lead of 7-1 we took matters easily, and 
at the call of time the score stood unchanged. 

We paid a visit that night to the Opera 
House, and next day started for Prague, vid 
Brunn. After winding our way for several 
hours through the mountain passes of Bohemia 
amidst delightful scenery, we arrived late that 
night " beside the Moldau's rushing stream." 


Prague is without doubt one of the most 
interesting cities of Europe. It teems with 
old palaces and churches, ancient bridges and 
Rathauses, and has a quaint powder tower. 
On the Karlsbrucke Bridge is a statue of 
St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of 
Bohemia, who is said to have been thrown 
from this bridge by order of King Wenzel 
in 1383. We also saw the quaint old Jewish 
churchyard, the oldest in existence. 

We had a most enjoyable picnic one day at 
an old castle at Karlstejn, where they have a 
room in one of the topmost turrets whose walls 
are completely covered with garnets. The 
effect of the different shades of light on the 
stones is very beautiful. 

We had arranged to play two matches at 
Prague, each against the Slavia F.C., and 
we won the first by 7-4, and the second 
by 4-1. Several of our side were suffering 
from the hard grounds, and, moreover, here 
we met with football of a very different order 
to that which we had experienced in Austria- 
Hungary. They have played the game much 
longer here, and have met stronger teams 
than their neighbours farther south, and we- 


certainly had to work hard for victory. Their 
forwards were all fast, and had very fair com- 
bination, being fed well by their halves, all 
of whom were of the sturdy order. However, 
Oakley played a great game at back, and 
with G. O. Smith, Day, and Moon combining 
beautifully among the forwards, we managed 
to more than hold our own. 

Several of our team visited some of the 
numerous antique shops in the Jewish quarter, 
and, with the help of friends, bought quite a 
quantity of old furniture, pewter, and garnets. 
If one is prepared to haggle with a Jewish 
shopkeeper, one can often secure quite reason- 
able bargains. 

We were entertained that night at the public 
hall, where, after many speeches, G. O. Smith 
was made the object of flattering though some- 
what embarrassing attentions, being chaired 
round the hall to the strains of the National 
Anthem ! 

Timmis and Wreford- Brown now left us, 
having to return to England, so we started 
for Leipzig with only twelve men, several of 
whom were suffering from strains, and most 
from foot-soreness. Still, we added another 

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Photo: Zuiittio, Chiesi. 

A Corinthian Team v. A French Team, Paris, 1904. 

C.E.Wilkinson. H. A. Ij>we. S.H.Day. II. Vickers. W.J. Oakley. I- J. Moon. H. O. C. Bcaslev. W. P. Blore. 
W. li. HanseU. C. Wrefard- Brown. G. O. Smith. \V. F. Stanbrough. II. O. Corbett. 


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Castle at Karlstejn. 


victory to our list by beating the Verein fiir 
Bewegungsspiele by 4-1. 

This ended our tour, at least as far as the 
Corinthian fixtures were concerned. We had 
played seven matches, of which seven were 
won, with a goal average of 49 to 7 in our 
favour. By far the best football we found 
played at Prague; but they were apt to 
overdo the passing game, and though fast, 
their forwards made little headway for this 
reason. We prophesied that in a few years' 
time they would give any of our professional 
teams a good game, and they more than ful- 
filled this prophecy by beating one of our 
best Southern League elevens last Easter. 
It was decided, after our return to England, 
to offer a cup to the Magyar Athletikai Club 
to be competed for by amateur teams. A 
competition has since been started and is 
managed on strictly amateur lines. 

Although not strictly a Corinthian match, 
another game was awaiting the majority of us, 
for Mr. W. P. Blore had arranged an eleven 
to play a picked team of France. After 
travelling up the Rhine Valley together, at 
Roosendal we left Lowe, Vassall, Morgan- 


Owen, and Witherington to hurry back to 
England, and travelled through Belgium to 
Paris. Here our forces were augmented by 
the arrival of C. Wreford-Brown, H. O. C. 
Beasley, and W. F. Stanbrough. Our match 
was to be played in the Pare des Princes, 
and when we found ourselves drawn up for 
battle we were in rather a sorry plight, for 
the three new arrivals were the only ones 
who could be considered entirely whole. Our 
opponents pressed from the outset, and within 
some twenty-three minutes of time were lead- 
ing by 4-2, when suddenly, by a judicious 
rearrangement of the forwards, who up to now 
had shown little combination, we pulled our- 
selves together, and shooting goal after goal, 
won by 11-4. In the face of such rapid 
scoring it is not to be wondered at that the 
Frenchmen showed signs of falling to pieces ; 
but they had played with tremendous dash the 
first half, and were probably somewhat spent 
when the final effort arrived. 

The following amusing account of the game 
appeared in La Revue Sportive next day : — 

" Parler des joueurs anglais me semble t€m€raire. 
Je ne saurais trouver les mots qu'il faut pour dire 


mon admiration et ma joie surtout d'avoir vu jouer le 
football association commc je rfivais qu'il dtait peut- 
etre possible de le jouer. Ainsi des hommes peuvent 
rgellement passer tous leurs adversaires sans les 
toucher, des hommes peuvent se servir d'un ballon 
avec une telle precision qu'il va oil ils veulent qu'il 
aille, lui donnent un effet qui est ndcessaire pour une 
passe, des hommes surtout jouent pour que leur tquipe 
gagne. Voil& qui ne se voit pas chez nous, des 
hommes qui ne pensent pas que demain les journaux 
sportifs diront qui a marqud les points, il leur suffira 
de savoir que l'dquipe dont ils portaient les couleurs 
a remportt la victoire. 

" Et c'est cela seulement que je retiens de cet utile 
enseignement : l'esprit d'dquipe. 

" II n'y a pas, k mon avis, de raison pour que nos 
joueurs fran^ais ne deviennent pas aussi adroits que 
les Anglais, en r£servant, bien entendu, la condition 
sine qua non d'un entralnement bien compris et s€rieux ; 
en somme, nous avons d6j& Canelle. Mais ce qui me 
paralt impossible k obtenir, c'est que les personnalites 
disparaissent pour ne laisser qu'une ligne de joueurs 
011 il n'est pas possible de savoir lequel porte le jeu 
chez les adversaires parce que tous participent au 
mouvement; a-t-on vu W. J. Oakley ou Beasley 
faire une descente? s'est-on aper^u des dribblings 
de R. Corbett ou de Moon? G. O. Smith a-t-il 
shoots ? Autant de questions impossibles k r€soudre, 
les cinq hommes dtaient Ik ensemble, dont les passes, 
courtes ou longues, paraissaient n'etre qu'un crochet 
fait en pleine vitesse et si, par hasard, la balle ren- 
contrait un obstacle et retournait en arri&re avec un 



joueur fran^ais, il se trouvait Ik un demi qui donnait 
un petit coup de pied pas mlchant mais si precis que 
les avants pouvaient reprendre leur course presque 
sans I' avoir interrompue; et si, par un fort ddgage- 
ment d'Allemane ou de Canelle, le jeu partait vers 
1'autre camp, les arri&res anglais se contentaient de 
remettre le ballon aux demis comme s'ils leur avaient 
donn£ commission de le porter aux avants et Beau 
voyait la balle entrer dans ses filets k gauche quand 
il dtait k droite, parce que Wquipe devait marquer et 
qu'un joueur avait, par une passe, sacrifie sa chance 
d'envoyer la balle dans les mains du gardien du but 
14 Et voil&! Combien les Anglais ont-ils marqu£ 
de points? Peut-etre 10, peut-£tre 250. Peu im- 
porte. lis etaient venus, nous a dit G. O. Smith, 
parce qu'ils croyaient que leur presence dtait utile au 
football association, c'est vrai ; d6)k des essais ont 6t6 
faits sur differents terrains : au Club Fran^ais, au 
Racing ; des resolutions ont €t€ prises : par Allemane 
et d'autres qui ne veulent plus entendre parler des 
coups de pieds longs. Tant mieux si la le^on a profits, 
je le souhaite et je crois que tous ceux qui aiment 
l'association le souhaitent avec moi." 




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The autumn of 1904 provided us with a 
tour in Scandinavia, a part of the Continent 
until then quite unknown to the English 
footballer. C. Wreford-Brown was invited 
to captain a Corinthian team to Stockholm, 
where the Association game has already 
taken a firm hold. Though only a few years 
have elapsed since it was first introduced, so 
popular has it become that in its present 
short life it can boast of many clubs scattered 
all over Scandinavia, many of which have 
an excellent idea of how the game should 
be played, and if not yet as proficient as 
many of the other clubs we have met on the 
Continent, they have at any rate the merit 
of knowing how to play the game in its best 

On August 26 our party sailed by the 
Thiile for Goteburg. It included F. H. 
Bryant, B. O. Corbett, W. J. H. Curwen, 
H. W. Hewitt, C. D. M'lver, L. J. Moon, 


O. T. Norris, T. S. Rowlandson, W. U. 
Timmis, H. Vickers, C. Wreford-Brown, 
H. R. Yglesias. Mrs. Wreford-Brown and 
Miss Lambert also helped to make up our 
party, and to the former we were indebted 
for many of the excellent arrangements made 
for our comfort. It takes two days to get to 
Goteburg by sea, and though several of our 
party succumbed to the " terror of the ocean," 
yet, on the whole, we had a fairly comfort- 
able voyage. We had the inevitable " bridge n 
to amuse us, besides the many deck games 
always at hand to fill up any dull moments. 
Then, too, several of our party were musical, 
and to Hewitt, Norris, and Curwen we were 
indebted for many entertainments, serious, 
sentimental, and humorous. 

Goteburg is a busy manufacturing town, 
and yet quite a pretty place, owing tQ the 
many canals and waterways which run through 
its streets. 

The first match of our tour was played the 
day after our arrival against the Goteburg 
team, whom we defeated by 6-0. The grounds 
in Sweden would strike terror into many of 
our English teams, for the majority are com- 


posed entirely of gravel ; for during the winter 
they are flooded and used as skating-rinks. 
It is naturally somewhat dangerous to fall on, 
so we provided ourselves with woollen knee- 
caps. These, though they afforded some pro- 
tection, did not save our skin entirely, and 
had we been horses our value would have, in 
many cases, considerably deteriorated after the 
first game. 

While at Goteburg we were invited to play 
tennis at Saro, some little way out, where, after 
a great struggle on the part of our champions 
Bryant and Yglesias, we were defeated by the 
Swedish pair. The same day several of our 
team went out to the golf-links. The game, 
though only started quite recently, is fast be- 
coming popular. At present the course is very 
rough, great difficulty being experienced in 
finding a turf that will make good greens ; but 
it would be difficult to find a prettier links. 
The bunkers, too, are sufficiently varied to 
satisfy even the most sporting golfer, ranging 
as they do from fiords and rocks to sands and 
gullies. Young as the game is, it is only 
natural some difficulty is found in procuring 
efficient caddies ; but the one there was certainly 


caused some amusement by taking his stand 
immediately in front of the tee as the players 
prepared to drive ! 

Our Goteburg friends also arranged a de- 
lightful picnic for us, to which we went by 

Leaving Goteburg, we trained to Trollhatten, 
a beautiful spot on the Gota, some two hours' 
journey. There we walked up the side of the 
famous falls, with the enormous locks close by, 
and had tea in the hotel, perched up on a rocky 
eminence above the rapids. 

Now began one of the most delightful parts 
of the tour, namely, the journey by boat across 
the lakes. The two lakes Wener and Wetter, 
together with numerous smaller ones, are linked 
together by canals, which makes it possible to 
travel by boat right across Southern Sweden. 

We boarded the Motalastrbm about 8.30 
p.m., and dined on deck in one of those beau- 
tiful Swedish sunsets, the effect of which is so 
much enhanced by the water around. Our 
boat was not a large one, the two-bunked 
cabins affording room for but little movement 
The writer shared one with a certain member 
of the team, who insisted on doing Sandow's 

Photo: Severing. 

Corinthian Team in Stockholm, 1904. 

T. S. Rowlandson. I.. J. Moon. O. T. Norris. W. J. H. Curwcn. C. D. Mclver. F. H. Bryant. 
W. U. Timmis. C. Wreford- Brown. B. O. Corbctt. H. Vickcrs. 

Photo 1 Severing. 

In Stockholm. 


A kind of Association game was played in a 
very small way in 1878, and during the summer 
of 1886 two Englishmen who were visiting the 
country played for and managed a club at 

Count Clarence von Rosen has, perhaps, 
done as much as any one of late years to en- 
courage and popularise the game. In 1899 he 
offered a cup to be competed for, and this being 
won three years in succession by Gefl6 Idrotts- 
f&rening, was kept by them in perpetuity. 
Afterwards Count von Rosen gave another 
cup, the competition for which is regulated by 
the Swedish Football Association, under the 
same rules as those governing the competi- 
tion for the English Football Association Cup, 
The present president, Mr. C. L. Kornerup, 
started the Swedish Football Association in 
1902, together with others who at the same 
time work in connection with the Swedish 
ReksfSrbund for all other kinds of sport. 

Three games were arranged for us at Edrotts 
Park, an exceedingly pretty ground, with excel- 
lent pavilions and covered tennis courts, but 
quite devoid of grass. Our first match took 
place at six o'clock in the evening against a 


picked team of Stockholm. We found our 
opponents fast forward, but there was little 
cohesion about their team, and their back divi- 
sion was inclined to kick very wildly. Moon 
was in great form for us in the centre, scoring 
no less than 8 goals, and with Wreford-Brown, 
Timmis, and Norris breaking up all opposition, 
we won by 1 1-0. 

As our matches began so late, we had many 
opportunities of sight-seeing ; in fact, our hosts 
allowed us no time for dulness, and we were 
taken everywhere. 

One morning we all went out sailing on one 
of the fiords, and after becoming becalmed, 
were eventually rescued by a steam yacht in 
time to lunch at the Yacht Club. The same 
evening we went to the opera, where we heard 
"Orpheus" and the "Cavalleria Rusticana," 
and next day, after lunching with the British 
charge d'affaires, we went by boat to Drottin- 
g^ten, one of the King's summer residences. 
On landing, we found motors awaiting us which 
brought us back by road. The roads are ex- 
ceedingly bad ; they are often very narrow and 
full of deep ruts, so that travelling at any great 
speed is somewhat dangerous. We narrowly 


escaped a serious accident. One of the cars 
broke down on a hill after just crossing a pon- 
toon bridge, and ran for some distance back- 
ward. Fortunately the chauffeur succeeded in 
stopping it before it reached the river, and thus 
saved the inmates from a watery grave. We 
were glad to get back safely in time for the 
game. This time our team was divided up 
with the Swedes, and a fast and good game 
ended in a draw of 3-3. 

Great interest was taken in our last match, 
and a large crowd assembled on the slopes 
around the field. Our forwards were again 
quite invincible, and Moon scoring 5 goals, 
Bryant and M'lver 4 each, we eventually won 
by 1 4- 1. Prince Gustavus Adolphus, to whom 
we were all introduced, was an interested spec- 
tator of the match. 

Our last night in Stockholm we were enter- 
tained at a banquet at Hasselbacken, where 
excellent speeches were made by Wreford- 
Brown and Colonel Balch, and after music and 
dancing we left for our hotel, full of regrets that 
this was the end of our stay among our good 
Swedish friends. Before starting we were 
each presented by our hosts with a small silver 



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Swedish cup as a memento of our visit. Our 
route lay in a different direction to that by 
which we had come, for we had two matches 
to play in Copenhagen, whither we travelled 
vi& Malmo. Count von Rosen accompanied 
us some way on our journey, and on bidding 
farewell, loaded us with fruit. 

At Malm8 our train was run on to the ferry- 
boat, and so over the Sound to the capital of 
Denmark. Here at last we found a ground 
more like our English grounds, and the foot- 
ball, too, was of a distinctly higher order. The 
Copenhagen team has for some time been 
coached by an English professional, and we 
found the old Sheffield and Southampton 
player Yates in charge of them during our 
stay. We played two games, both of which 
we won, the former 4-1 and the latter 4-0. 

In the first match we were all rather stiff, 
and suffering from the effects of a night 
in the train, and hardly did ourselves jus- 
tice; but in the second game our forwards 
played excellently, and in spite of the fact 
that Yglesias was practically hors de combat 
after the first few minutes, we won as stated 
against a side composed of a fast line of 


forwards, and a back division of very deter- 
mined tacklers. 

We had a very pleasant picnic at Charlot- 
tenlund, where, during a bathe, Hewitt was 
unfortunate enough to dive by mistake into 
three feet of water, and hurt his neck so 
badly that he was unable to move his head 
for several days. 

So ended our tour. We left once more for 
Goteburg, and embarking on another boat of 
the Thule line, the Tkorsen, we reached home 
on September 10, after a passage which con- 
fined all but the hardiest sailors of our party 
to their bunks. 

On our return the club offered a cup to be 
competed for by amateur teams in Sweden, and 
the individual members of our team presented 
Colonel Balch, on whose shoulders fell all the 
arrangements for making our stay so comfort- 
able, with some silver plate as a memento of 
one of the pleasantest tours we had ever had. 


Easter 1906 found the Corinthians once 
more on the Continent, where fresh fields 
were again sought to conquer. W. U. Timmis 
had arranged two matches in Berlin and two 
in The Hague. 

We started on April 15 from Liverpool Street, 
vid Harwich and the Hook, for Berlin. As it 
was the day before Bank Holiday, the station 
was crowded with people, and after fighting 
for some thirty minutes, we at last managed 
to get our baggage registered and put aboard 
the train. A like struggle ensued on the 
steamer before we could arrive at our bunks ; 
but we succeeded at length in gaining them, 
and were rewarded by a crossing with which 
even the most inveterate landsman could offer 
no complaint 

Our side was a strong one, and included 
thirteen all told : C. L. Alexander, B. O. 
Corbett, S. H. Day, K. Guy, G. S. Harris, 
K. R. G. Hunt, M. Morgan-Owen, C. C. 


Page, T. S. Rowlandson, W. U. Timmis, H. 
Tudor-Owen, H. Vickers, E. G. D. Wright. 

Little of interest occurred on the journey, 
which took us through country which, for 
the most part, could hardly be described 
as beautiful. After ringing the changes on 
"bridge," reading, and meals, we arrived at 
Berlin about eight o'clock next evening. 
There we made the Monopol Hotel our 

The morning of the next day we spent 
in sight-seeing, going over the galleries, and 
seeing many of the chief public buildings, and 
watching the changing of the guard at the 
palace, where we got a view of the Kaiser. 
Our first match was against the Germania 
F.C. The ground lay some five miles from 
our hotel, and driving down on a coach, we 
arrived to find quite a large crowd awaiting 
the game. The surface was very hard and 
rather uneven, but the playing area was larger 
than was our experience of most continental 
grounds. We started play after a long delay, 
owing to photographs and greetings on the 
part of various officials, and from the outset 
we pressed ; but though continually getting 

Corinthians v. Holland, 1906. 

On Trek, South Africa, 1903. 


chances of shooting, owing to the uneven- 
ness of the ground we found it extremely 
hard to place the ball between the posts. 
However, we settled down at last, and won 
very easily by 1 1-0, G. S. Harris doing most 
of the damage with terrific shots, twice send- 
ing the ball into a refreshment tent some fifty 
yards behind the goal, amidst a great smashing 
of glass ! 

Those of us who had been out to Stockholm 
were delighted to find our old friends Colonel 
Balch and Count von Rosen at the match. 
They were on their way to the Olympic Games 
at Athens, and were stopping a night in Berlin, 
and so came to see us again. 

Next day we arranged to have to ourselves, 
and went off, some to the Tiergarten, some to 
Potsdam, and various other places of interest. 
We were considerably embarrassed before start- 
ing on our expeditions by a complete stranger, 
who could speak no word of English beyond 
one sentence, which he apparently had learnt 
off by heart. With the kindest of intentions, 
and possibly thinking we needed a guide, he 
arrived early in the morning, and every one 
of us he met he greeted with exactly the 



same words — " In ten meenits ve vill start for 
Potsdam. " It was impossible to make him 
understand we did not wish to go to Potsdam, 
and after his ten minutes had extended to two 
hours, and still he had not collected his party 
for Potsdam, he eventually gave it up as a bad 
job and disappeared. 

On April 16 we played the Victoria Club 
of Hamburg on the same ground. They were 
certainly a better side than our opponents of 
the previous match ; but we played very much 
better ourselves, possibly owing to the fact 
that we had become more accustomed to the 
ground, and won by 12-1. Perhaps one of 
the greatest drawbacks we had met with on 
the Continent was the weak refereeing. The 
game is so young that there are no old players 
with a perfect knowledge of all its many intri- 
cacies who can give a helping hand in so diffi- 
cult a position. Here, however, we were asked 
if one of our own number would referee, so 
S. H. Day and Bryant officiated in the different 
games, much to every one's satisfaction. 

We were entertained the same evening at 
a banquet in the Monopol Hotel, where we 
met the two teams we had played, and many 


kindly speeches were made. 8.30 a.m. next 
morning found us on our way to The Hague. 
It was a scorching hot day, and the train was 
very crowded, but we arrived at last at our 
destination some forty-five minutes late. Here 
we put up at the Bellevue, a most comfortable 
hotel overlooking the deer-park. 

We found The Hague a city full of interest. 
It has a very fine gallery, containing some of 
the gems of Europe. Its Houses of Parlia- 
ment are exceedingly picturesque with their 
old grey walls rising out of the water. Then, 
too, there is the Palace in the Wood, where 
the " Hague Conference " was held. No more 
fitting spot could have been chosen. 

We motored one morning out to Leyden to 
lunch, the route taking us through Scheven- 
ingen, the Brighton of Holland, and through 
the bulb -fields, which were all out in full 
bloom. It was a very beautiful sight, for we 
passed an almost continuous succession of hya- 
cinth and daffodil fields, extending for seven or 
eight miles. The country roads are cobbled, 
and though in dry weather the motor runs 
very smoothly, there is a good deal of danger 
in wet weather from side-slips. 


We discovered from our first match, which 
was played against The Hague F.C., that foot- 
ball in Holland is in a much more advanced 
stage than what we had met with against 
the Berlin team. Our opponents were fast 
throughout, and their forwards played the 
long passing game with great dash, and 
were continually threatening danger. How- 
ever, they found our back division, especially 
Timmis, Morgan-Owen, and Hunt, very diffi- 
cult to pass, and with Alexander, Day, and 
Guy in great form in front, we eventually 
won by 5-1. 

The last match of the tour, namely, that 
against All Holland, took place on the same 
ground next day. It was a cold, wet after- 
noon, and we were delayed in starting by 
two of the opposing players, who had only 
just arrived from England, where they had 
been on tour, and were motoring over from 
Rotterdam to try and arrive in time to play. 
We found ourselves opposed to a side which 
would have extended many a First League 
team. As the day before, they were all 
speedy, and had an excellent idea of the 
finesse of the game, and at the same time 


were of the bustling order. The ground was 
very narrow, which, while it congested our 
forwards and prevented the game from being 
opened out by the wing men, was suited to 
their more robust methods. However, after 
a very tough match we eventually won by 
2-1 ; and so ended our tour. We had played 
four, won four, scored 30 goals to 3. 

STATES, 1906 

The autumn of 1906 found a Corinthian 
team crossing the Atlantic. 

Arrangements had almost been completed 
for a visit in the previous autumn, but it was 
found impossible to take a really represen- 
tative side, and negotiations therefore fell 

The side which sailed from Liverpool 
on August 3 by the Allan liner Victorian, 
under the captaincy of C. Wreford- Brown, 
was certainly the best Corinthian team ever 
taken away from our shores, and probably 
one of the strongest Association sides ever 
engaged in a foreign tour. It included C. 
Wreford-Brown (captain), T. S. Rowlandson, 
P. R. May, W. U. Timmis, C. C. Page, 
R. D. Craig, M. Morgan -Owen, B. H. 
Willett, G. C. Vassall, G. S. Harris, S. H. 
Day, N. S. Cornelius, G. N. Foster, B. O. 

Corbett, E. G. D. Wright 


CANADA AND U.S., 1906 119 

The voyage was uneventful, and beyond 
experiencing a couple of days of squally 
weather, which affected none of us very 
seriously except our captain, the time passed 
as pleasantly as it always does in a luxurious 
boat. Concerts, bridge, and the many deck 
games provided us with plenty to do; and 
some of our more energetic members were, 
moreover, able to obtain a certain amount of 
active exercise in the way of hurdling and 

Our first view of Canada was very impres- 
sive, for we sailed down the St. Lawrence 
on a beautifully sunny afternoon. The broad 
expanse of sky-blue water, with islands dotted 
here and there, and the lofty well-wooded 
banks on either side, presented a grand sight. 
Passing the Montmorency River and Falls, we 
reached Quebec, which stands on a rock rising 
sheer out of the water, just before sunset. 

Here we were expecting to spend our 
first night on land, but we were soon faced 
with the fact that, through some error, no 
rooms had been reserved for us, and it was 
impossible to procure accommodation at any 
of the big hotels. 


Fortunately, an old Carthusian, whom we had 
met on board, came to our rescue and took us 
all out to his house some few miles up the river, 
where we were most kindly entertained. 

Next afternoon we were due to play in 
Montreal, and leaving Quebec at 8.45 a.m., 
reached our destination at 4 p.m., the train 
being some two hours late. The match had 
been arranged for 3.30, and we could only 
reach the ground at 5 o'clock, to find some 
3000 spectators beginning to doubt if we 
were really in Canada at all Still, despite 
their long wait, they gave us a most cordial 
reception and an enthusiastic send-off. The 
sides lined up as follows : — 

Corinthians. — T. S. Rowlandson (goal) ; C. C. Page 
and W. U. Timmis (backs) ; G. N, Foster, 
R. D. Craig, and B. H. Wiilett (half-backs) ; 
G. C. Vassall, S. H. Day, G. S. Harris, W. S. 
Cornelius, and E. G. D. Wright (forwards). 

Montreal. — M'Intyre (goal) ; H. Payne and E. Cornell 
(backs); D. MacKay, W. Neville, and S. Read 
(half-backs); R. Wright and F. Reynolds 
(right wing), D. George (centre), and J. Graham 
and J. Nairn (left wing), forwards. 

The game scarcely provided a scientific ex- 
hibition of football, for our side had obviously 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 121 

not yet gained their land legs, and the Mon- 
treal team indulged in far too much lofty 
kicking. The weather, too, was extremely 
hot, and though this seemed to interfere 
little with the game in its earlier stages, it 
caused considerable distress towards the end, 
and the pace clearly slackened. 

Graham scored the first goal of the match 
for Montreal with a swift low shot, but most 
people except the referee seemed to agree 
that he was off-side. Harris shot two more 
for the Corinthians just before half-time, and 
thus we led by 2-1 at the change of ends. 
Through an error on the part of Rowlandson, 
our opponents were allowed to equalise; but 
this seemed to rouse our forwards to renewed 
efforts, and with Harris, Day (2), and Vassall 
scoring in quick succession, we eventually 
won by 6-2. 

M'Intyre, the goal-keeper, and J. Graham, 
the inside left, were the most conspicuous 
among a side of great triers. 

Timmis and Page played soundly at back, 
while Wright, Harris, and Vassall were the 
pick of the Corinthian forwards. 

The fact that this was our first game of 


the season, and that it followed so closely 
on our more or less enforced inactivity on 
board ship, caused us to feel the effects a 
good deal on the next day, and we were 
glad to take matters easily. 

After a visit to several of the chief buildings, 
we went to watch a base-ball match. We 
were certainly disappointed with the spirit in 
which the game was contested, for both players 
and spectators disputed the decision of the 
umpire on every occasion. Next day we 
were due in Ottawa, which is some three 
hours distant by train. Ottawa, the Washing- 
ton of the North, was born of hostility to 
the Washington of the South. 

In the times when the people of the 
North were glowering at the people of the 
South, the British Government thought it 
necessary to establish a safer military route 
than that by the St. Lawrence. It therefore 
sent some soldiers under a Colonel By to 
help with the work of digging a canal from 
Kingston, on Lake Ontario, to the Ottawa 
River. A little town soon sprang up called 
Bytown. But some quarter of a century 
later, in 1854, it was rechristened Ottawa. 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 123 

Four years after, Ottawa was chosen by 
Queen Victoria to be the capital of Canada, 
which then consisted of only the provinces 
of Ontario and Quebec. 

The new government buildings were hardly 
completed when they were called upon to ac- 
commodate the Parliament of the Dominion. 

Ottawa is a commercial city, its chief busi- 
ness being lumber, an industry both healthy 
and clean. We had an opportunity before 
leaving of visiting one of the enormous saw- 
mills, and were given a practical description 
of the many different stages through which 
the lumber has to pass between the forest 
and the finished article. 

Our second match of the tour took place 
on August 13. 

Of the team that opposed Montreal, Day 
and Page gave way to May and Wreford- 
Brown, Foster going forward. The heat was 
still very great, and the kick-off was therefore 
arranged for six o'clock. The unevenness of 
the ground made accurate passing and shoot- 
ing a matter of difficulty. During the first 
half the Corinthians scored twice, through 
Harris and Cornelius; and three more being 


added, shot by Wright, Harris, and Foster, 
in the latter half, the match ended 5-0 in 
their favour. 

The game was contested throughout at a 
great pace, and was free from anything in 
the nature of rough play. Considering the 
fact that the Ottawa Club has only been in 
existence a short time, the team played 
excellent football. Storey in goal, Patten 
and Brewer at back and half, and Williamson 
forward, were the pick of their team, which 
was made up as follows : — Storey (goal) ; 
Lang and Patten (backs); Watt, Holton, and 
Brewer (halves); Lang, Palmer, Bennie, 
Williams, and Williamson (forwards). During 
our stay at Ottawa some of the golfers of 
our party journeyed out to the links close 
by the city, and though no records were 
broken, one or two of them ran the " Colonel " 
to a very tight match. 

On August 14 we travelled by the night 
train to Hamilton, our next stopping point; 
for we had to play our third match of the 
tour on the following afternoon. A night 
in the train is not a good preparation for a 
match, especially in the great heat which 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 125 

we were then experiencing. The Hamilton 
team we found considerably stronger than 
either of our former opponents. Their 
ground, however, was not such as one is 
accustomed to in England. Much of it was 
bare and quite devoid of any growth, while 
here and there, by way of variety, one met 
patches of long, rough weed. Since it was 
impossible to play a short passing game with 
any hope of success, we had to adapt our- 
selves to the prevailing conditions and attempt 
more individual tactics. Our opponents were 
exceedingly hard fighters, and played the rough- 
and-tumble game to perfection, but they had 
little or no idea of combination. At half-time 
the score was 1-1, scored by Day and Thorns, 
but in the latter stages the Corinthians added 
two more by Vassall and Willett, and thus won 
by 3-1. The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal) ; Timmis and May 
(backs) ; Craig, Wreford-Brown, and Willett 
(halves) ; Vassall, Day, Harris, Cornelius, and 
Wright (forwards). 

Hamilton. — May (goal) ; Reid and Thorns (backs) ; 
Mitchell, Woods, and Johnston (halves) ; Thorns, 
Langs, Nelson, Chatland, and M'Cauley (for- 


Toronto was our next stopping place, and 
we made the King Edward Hotel our head- 
quarters. The city was very full, for the 
Medical Conference was being held, and 
representatives of the profession had arrived 
from all parts of the world. 

One of our party, an old Oxford man, was 
surprised on his arrival at the hotel to find 
a note in his room with the words, " You are 
requested to see the Dean at 10 a. m. to- 
morrow." It was, he discovered, from his 
old college scout, who was a waiter at the 
hotel. He had so often in his Oxford days 
been the bearer of the same message, and 
was so pleased to see his old master again, 
that he took it for granted his presumption 
would be overlooked. 

As our next match was not till August 18, 
we had two days' rest, and very welcome it 
was, for the heat was excessive and we had 
had a hard week. On Friday, August 17, 
we were the guests at lunch of Sir Henry 
Pellatt at the Clifton House Hotel, Niagara. 
Making the journey up the bank of the 
rapids, on the American side, by the electric 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 127 

railway, we had a magnificent view of the 
mighty falls. 

Some of our party, having donned a sort 
of bathing-dress, walked on the flimsy wooden 
bridge underneath the falls, while others went 
on the Maid of the Mist steamboat right into 
the spray of the Horseshoe Falls. They had 
a most weird experience while doing so, for 
a terrific thunderstorm burst over them, and 
what with the roar of the water and the 
thunder, lightning, and rain, the effect was 
indeed grand. Sir Henry Pellatt also showed 
us over the power-stations erected for supply- 
ing electricity to all parts of the country. It 
is a great conception, and the many criticisms 
levelled against the scheme on the ground of 
its spoiling the beauty of the falls seem to be 
entirely unnecessary. On Saturday, August 
18, we played our fourth match of the tour 
at Hanlan's Point, which we reached by boat 
from Toronto. 

There was a large and enthusiastic crowd 
of some 6000 present, of whom the greater 
portion seemed to be from the old country. 
The ground was a good one — quite the best 


we had yet met with — and suited in every 
way to the Corinthian style of play. The 
teams lined up as follows: — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal); May and Timmis 
(backs); Foster, Morgan-Owen, and Willett 
(halves) ; Corbett, Day, Harris, Vassall, and 
Wright (forwards). 

Toronto. — Galbraith (goal) ; Gilding and Wheeler 
(backs) ; Campbell, M'Lean, and Dunn (halves); 
Banks, Gilding, Gansden, Gentle, and Robin- 
son (forwards). 

At the outset Toronto pressed for some time, 
but our halves were not long before they 
collared the attack, and feeding their forwards 
accurately, they enabled Harris to score twice 
and Vassall once before the change of ends. 

During the second portion of the game 
Vassall added three more, and when time 
came we led by 6-0. 

The combination of the Corinthian forwards 
left little to be desired, and the game was a 
marked contrast to our previous matches. 

The following day, after lunching at the 
Yacht Club, we had a delightful cruise round 
Lake Ontario in the private yacht of Mr. 

Next day we played a cricket match against 

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Toronto on the University Cricket Ground. 
It was a most exciting game, and resulted 
in a win for the Corinthians by the narrow 
margin of 38 runs. Our side were consider- 
ably handicapped in having to play in rubber 
boots, as no one had brought his cricketing 
outfit. P. R. May was the most deadly with 
the ball, while Cornelius and Rowlandson 
were top scorers, the latter going in at a 
critical period and hitting out freely. The 

scores were : — 


D. W. Saunders, b. May 5 J. L. Hynes, c. and b. 

D. Mustard, c. and b. May 1 

Harris 7 A. C. Heighington, c. 

£. H. Leighton, b. Harris o Rowlandson, b. Foster 2 

S. W. Mossiman, c. Day, J. Wood, c. Lester, b. 

b. May 5 Page 7 

S. R. Saunders, b. May 13 J. D. Woods, b. Harris 20 
LI. Sheather, c. Harris, Extras . . . .11 

b. May 2 

R. C. Reade, not out . 42 Total . . 115 


C. C. Page, b. Sheather 20 R. D. Craig, b. Reade . 4 

S. H. Day, b. Sheather 17 B. H. Willett, b. Reade 1 

P. R. May, l.b.w., b. T. S. Rowlandson, st. 

Mossiman .... 2 Saunders, b. Reade . 42 

N. S. Cornelius, c. C. Wreford-Brown, not 

Woods, b. Mossiman 47 out 5 

G.N.Foster, c. Leighton, Extras . . . .12 

b. Mossiman . . . o 

J. A. Lester, b. Reade . 3 Total . . 153 



Leaving Toronto on the night of August 
22, we journeyed to Seaforth, a town of no 
very great pretensions, situated in an agri- 
cultural district. The Hurons, whom we were 
to play next day, are the champion team of 
Canada, and we looked forward to a hard 
game. The weather was still extremely hot, 
and some of us attempted to find cooler 
breezes by driving out in buggies into the 
country; but owing to the many obstacles 
encountered, few got very far. It is a peculiar 
fact that the country people seldom ride on 
horseback, but in spite of the terribly rough 
roads will always use the buggy. 

There were some 6000 people present at 
the match, all the country-side having come 
in to watch ; but once more we found a 
ground little suited to our game. It was 
rough and very narrow, and eminently suited 
to the dashing tactics of the Hurons. 

There was no score in the first half, though 
once Cornelius had got right away with the 
goal at his mercy, when a dog attacked the 
ball and impeded his shot! The second half 
was fought out at a tremendous pace, despite 
the fact that the thermometer stood at 95 ° 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 131 

in the shade. Each side scored once, thus 
leaving the match drawn, 1-1. The Sea- 
forth defence was very sound, and Chettle 
kept his line well together, but the condi- 
tions prevented anything like a scientific game 
being played. Our forwards seemed to feel 
the heat, and were frequently hustled off the 
ball. The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal) ; May and Page 
(backs) ; Craig, Morgan-Owen, and Willett 
(halves) ; Vassall, Foster, Harris, Cornelius, 
and Wright (forwards). 

Hurons, Seaforth. — R. Peck (goal) ; C. Mustard 
and P. Sills (backs) ; C. Sills, E. Murray, and 
C. Stewart (halves) ; W. J. M'Lean, W. 
Munroe, H. Chettle, G. M 'Donald, and P. 
M'Kenzie (forwards). 

The same evening a musical fifite was held 
in the public gardens, which were illuminated 
for the occasion, and the whole town and 
neighbourhood turned out to listen to the 
band and singers. 

We had an early start next morning for 
Chatham. Breaking the journey for an hour 
at London en route y we motored round the town, 
and caught a flying glimpse of the many fine 
buildings and broad avenues which it possesses. 


Chatham, like Seaforth, lies in the centre 
of an agricultural district, and lately its 
population has been rapidly enlarged by the 
influx of oil speculators ; for springs have 
been discovered quite close to the town. 
The owners of farms in the oil area have 
been making large profits by leasing or sell- 
ing their land. These fields, we were told, 
are especially enticing, as springs have been 
tapped at a much lower depth than at 
Petrolea, the better known fields not far 

The match that afternoon against the All 
Kents was our last game in Canada, and 
resulted in a Corinthian victory of 5-2. The 
ground was again exceedingly rough, being 
covered in places by a thick growth half-way 
up to one's knees. 

It was also very narrow, and during the 
greater part of the game the spectators, in 
spite of the referee's protests, encroached 
several yards over the touch-line. 

The game was therefore little more than 
a scramble, and beyond a fine combined 
run through by Langford and Riseborough, 
and a point scored by the latter from a 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 133 

comer, our goal was seldom threatened. 
The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal); C. C. Page and 
W. U. Timmis (backs) ; R. D. Craig, C. 
Wreford-Brown, and B. H. Willett (halves) ; 

B. O. Corbett, G. C. Vassall, G. N. Foster, 
N. S. Cornelius, and E. G. Wright (forwards). 

All Kents. — C. Aitken (goal) ; Dr. Mackenzie and 
E. Pugh (backs) ; J. Fox, W. Bennie, and W. 
Coulter (halves) ; G. Riseborough, A. Martin, 

C. Langford, W. Peck, and P. Parrott (for- 

Referee. — O. E. Wreford-Brown. 

We left that night at 10 p.m. for Chicago, 
and after a comfortable though rather hot 
night on the train, reached our destination 
at breakfast-time the following morning. 

After lunch we paid a visit to the Marshall 
Field where we were to play next day, and 
obtained some gentle exercise. 

The pavilions and buildings are very fine, 
everything being built on the most up-to-date 
plan. They contain, among other things, a 
large swimming-bath, every kind of spray 
and douche, a magnificent gymnasium, and 
an indoor running track. 

We also looked over the University, the 


buildings of which have been extensively 
copied from our own university colleges. 
There is an exact model, for instance, of 
Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford. Each 
branch of learning has its own separate 
building, but the fact that none of the 
students live in college deprives American 
university life of many of the charms and 
advantages of our own system. 

The following afternoon, 25th August, we 
reached the ground to find it still moist from 
a heavy thunderstorm — a welcome discovery 
after the hard ground we had experienced up 
to now. There were some 3000 people pre- 
sent in the grand stand, who seemed to derive 
immense excitement from the game, to judge 
from their impartial applause ; but few, we 
were told, had ever seen an Association game 
before. With the exception of Page for 
May and Craig for Willett, the Corinthian 
team was the same as did duty at Toronto. 
The following represented Chicago : — Roberts 
(goal) ; Dixon and Archibald (backs) ; Scott, 
S. Govier, and Williamson (halves) ; S hall- 
cross, B. Govier, Watt, Pellatt, and Evans 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 135 

The game had not been in progress long 
before we discovered our opponents were a 
better side than we had yet encountered. 

The forwards were all fast, and showed 
very fair combination. 

The back division, too, played together very 
much better than any we had yet met. The 
ground was wide and beautifully level — in fact, 
admirably suited to the Corinthian style of 
play ; still, our forwards, though they combined 
well, were very weak in front of goal to start 
with, and it was only after several easy shots 
had been missed that Harris opened the 

Two more. were scored by Day and one by 
Vassall in quick succession, and it looked like 
a heavy reverse for Chicago. 

However, they rallied gamely and retaliated 
with excellent goals by Watt and Govier. 
Thus at half-time we were leading 4-2. 
Harris scored the only goal during the 
second half, during which the game lost 
none of its pace, and so, after a capital 
match, we retired victorious by 5-2. 

After reading Mr. Sinclair's "Jungle" it 
was only natural we should pay a visit to 


the stockyards of Chicago, so the following 
morning we went over Messrs. Armour 
and Swift's enormous establishments. But 
they need no description. What struck us 
most about the whole business was the 
minute specialisation of the workmen in 
every stage of operation through which the 
animals have to pass. 

One man whom we watched had done 
nothing for years, we were told, but cut out 
a particular bone from the carcasses, which 
passed him at the rate of some hundreds an 

We left Chicago at midnight on August 
26 for Cincinnati, and arrived early the 
following morning. Here we were faced 
with the unwelcome news that our baggage, 
to the extent of some fifty pieces, had gone 
astray, and there was no chance of recovering 
it till late that night 

We were expecting to play that afternoon, 
and with no clothes to wear, we were com- 
pelled to get each a new outfit. Rain, how- 
ever, came to our rescue — the first wet day 
since our landing in America — and the game 
was postponed till the following afternoon. 














CANADA AND U.S., 1906 137 

But the weather cleared sufficiently to enable 
us to see something of the " Queen City," 
which in no way falls short of its regal name. 
We were taken in one of the comfortable 
private electric cars through all the more 
important streets, and thence on to Fort 
Thomas, some six miles out — a beautiful 
spot, overlooking the city on one side and 
giving a magnificent view of the windings of 
the Ohio River on the other. 

A visit to the Exchange and several 
manufactories next morning, in the course 
of which we saw Mrs. Longworth open the 
Fall Festival Exhibition, further filled up our 
time, and we reached the base-ball ground at 
3.30 for the match. The turf was in excellent 
order, the rain having softened it sufficiently 
to give a firm foothold. The Cincinnati team 
was composed mostly of Scotchmen, and 
though they played hard, had little know- 
ledge of the finer points of the game. More- 
over, the Corinthians were in their best form, 
and scoring no less than nineteen times to 
their opponents' none, won accordingly. 

We found the American press most enter- 
taining here. Cincinnati journalists require 


but few facts to weave a story of thrilling 
excitement, and their efforts in providing 
personal biographies of some of our team 
were worthy of Hans Andersen. 

The third match played in the States was 
against Cleveland on August 29, and re- 
sulted in a win for the Corinthians by 8-0. 
The match was played on the University 
ground, which was rather on the small side ; 
but the surface, though devoid of grass in 
places, was not altogether so uneven as 
to prevent fairly accurate passing. Our 
opponents had started the game compara- 
tively lately, but they gave a most plucky 
display, and with a little more luck might 
have scored on several occasions. 

The Corinthian forward line, ably backed 
up by Wreford-Brown at centre half, played 
well together, Cornelius being in great 
shooting form. He scored on four occasions, 
while Foster (two), Vassall and Morgan-Owen 
(one each), were responsible for the rest. 

The Corinthian team had the same line of 
forwards as played against the All Kents 
(Chatham), while May took the place of 
Willett. Cleveland were represented by : — 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 139 

Johns (goal) ; Hamilton and Gardiner (backs); 
Johnson, M'Kinnon, Temple (halves); Walker, 
M'Phee, A. Hamilton, Crockett, and Scott 
(forwards). After the match we were the 
guests of Mr. Howie at the Euclid Club. 

Many speeches were made, and it was 
particularly gratifying to be assured by our 
host, who has done so much for Association 
football in America, that the game has really 
taken root and is fast becoming a popular 

Next day, as the guests of the Cleveland 
Automobile Club, we motored out to various 
places of interest in the city and neighbour- 
hood. Every one much admired the famous 
Euclid Avenue, reputed to be one of the 
richest streets in America. After a break- 
down, owing to punctures, we reached our 
hotel just in time to start for the station, 
and making our last all-night journey of the 
tour, arrived in Philadelphia at eight o'clock 
next morning. 

It was a great pity we were robbed of the 
fine scenery by being compelled to do so much 
night travelling; but, on the other hand, we 
escaped making the journey in the heat, an 


advantage of great value to us. During our 
stay at Philadelphia we made the " Belle vue 
Straford" our headquarters. It is an hotel 
of the regular American sky-scraper type, 
with a roof-garden. The afternoon of our 
arrival we trained out to Haverford, where we 
played the Cricketers' XI. on the ground of 
the Merion Cricket Club. We found here the 
best ground we had yet come across, and with 
a side of university men opposed to us, the 
game was contested in the very best sports- 
manlike spirit. 

S. H. Day took Vassall's place, and R. D. 
Craig played half-back in G. N. Foster's place ; 
otherwise the side was the same as that which 
did duty against Cleveland. 

Play was fast throughout ; the referee, who 
managed the game excellently, allowed all fair 
and square charging, and thus gave many of 
the more ancient members of our team a taste 
once more of the hard old games gone by. 

At half-time the Corinthians led by 4-0, 
Corbett, Harris, Cornelius, and Day being 
the scorers. Morrice, in goal, had had plenty 
to do, and had done it well. 

The pace never slackened during the latter 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 141 

half, and Harris adding two more goals, we 
won by 6-0. The Associated Cricket Clubs 
were represented by: — W. Morrice (goal); 
A. T. Laury and M. Anderson (backs) ; 
W. Anderson, P. N. La Roy, and F. R. 
Plumb (half-backs); J. Schwarz, C. E. Kelly, 
H. Pike, J. Anderson, and W. Thayer 

We dined after the match at the Merion 
Club, and many of us found an old friend here 
in Mr. Cope, who brought the Haverford 
cricket team over to England some years 
ago to play our public schools. 

Next day a match had been arranged at the 
Manheim ground, situated some six miles on 
the opposite side of the city to Haverford. 
Here, too, was a perfect ground, with the 
club houses and buildings as good as those 
of the Merion. We had suggested that the 
playing area should be marked out rather 
wider than those we had played on up till 
then. With a width of only 56 or 60 yards 
the game must necessarily be cramped, and 
a true representation of what it should be is 
difficult to obtain. This was done, therefore, 
but on reaching the ground we discovered that 


railings had been placed only a foot from the 
touch-lines. This was, of course, exceedingly 
dangerous ; but the crowd good-humouredly 
came to our rescue, and it required but a few 
minutes to put matters right. Our opponents, 
the Albion Football Club, were reputed to 
be a stronger side than the Cricketers XI. 
They certainly were better, and had not their 
whole back division contented themselves with 
packing their goal, and forgetting they had 
any forwards in front of them, they would 
certainly have made a close fight. As it was, 
their forwards did quite well when they had 
any passes, but they found Morgan-Owen, 
Timmis, and Page in their best form. 

Of the Corinthian forwards Vassall was the 
best, scoring five goals, chiefly through indi- 
vidual efforts, while Harris accounted for 
three, and Wright one, thus bringing the 
score to 9-0. 

Of those who took part in the former match 
at Haverford, May, Wreford- Brown, Willett, 
and Cornelius made room for Timmis, Morgan- 
Owen, Foster, and Vassall. 

The following played for the Albion: — 
J. Burch (goal) ; H. Wason and C. Danks 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 143 

(backs); J. Dawes, W. Pitt, A. Williams 
(halves); J. Law, S. Findley, F. Highfield, 
J. Taylor, and J. Conolly (forwards). 

. After a swim in the excellent baths, and 
tea at the club, we returned to our hotel 
and dined on the roof-garden, whence one 
can obtain a magnificent panoramic view of 
the city. 

Next day we had a rest from our labours 
after a very strenuous week — a rest at least 
from football, for we boarded various sorts of 
craft and went up the Delaware. 

The more energetic embarked in " fours " 
and "pairs," but a large six-oared boat 
appeared to find most favour. 

After rowing some five miles up-stream 
we landed for tea, and returned during the 
cool of the evening. 

Our style may not possibly have satisfied 
the critical eye of a Harvard coach, but at 
any rate it aroused considerable encourage- 
ment, at one or two points, from the shore. 

During our stay in Philadelphia we watched 
a base-ball match between Philadelphia and 
Brooklyn, the latter winning somewhat easily. 
The throwing and pitching struck us as par- 


ticularly interesting, but the game seems to 
lack the many fine points of cricket As we 
sat directly behind the striker, we were able 
to notice the great swerve the pitcher managed 
to get on the ball. The ball, which appeared 
to have an upward curve, looked especially 
difficult to play. 

Our last match in Philadelphia was played 
on the Manheim ground on Labour Day, 
3rd September. Our opponents this time 
were an All Philadelphia XL, and a crowd 
of fully 7000 people were present. The 
teams were: — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal) ; Tim mis and 
Page (backs); Willett, Morgan-Owen, and 
Foster (halves) ; Corbett, Day, Harris, Vassall, 
and Wright (forwards). 

All Philadelphia. — M. Campbell (goal) ; Coops and 
J. Campbell (backs) ; Cooper, Gould, and 
Danks (halves) ; Robertson, Green, A. Centre, 
Young, and Highfield (forwards). 

Although the game resulted in a Corinthian 
victory by 1 2-0, our opponents were probably 
the best of the Philadelphia teams we en- 
countered, and the fact of our defeating them 












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CANADA AND U.S., 1906 145 

by so large a margin was due chiefly to the 
excellent shooting of our forwards. 

Green, the Philadelphian inside right, gave 
our back division many anxious moments ; 
while the half-backs, if they were not finished 
masters in the art of passing, at any rate proved 
themselves excellent worriers. The dozen goals 
were scored by Vassall (4), Harris (4), Day (3), 
and Rowlandson (1). The latter took Vassall's 
place during the last few minutes of the game, 
owing to a strained ankle, and showed himself 
as capable of scoring as of saving goals. 

Before leaving Philadelphia a cricket match 

was arranged at the Merion Club. Our 

opponents had a strong side, which included 

J. A. Lester and J. B. King, both of whom 

visited England with the Philadelphia team. 

The feature of the day's cricket was the 

batting of S. H. Day, who just failed to 

reach his century, being bowled by O'Neill 

with his score at 94. With our total at 

214 Wreford - Brown declared the innings 

closed, allowing our opponents about two 

hours to get the runs. This they failed to 

do, and, in fact, were 64 short of this number, 



with eight wickets down, when play ceased. 
The scores were: — 


G. N. Foster, b. King . 


R. D. Craig, st. Dor- 

E. G. Wright, b. 

nan, b. O'Neill . . 7 

O'Neill .... 


T. S. Rowlandson, c 

S. H. Day, b. O'Neill . 


Newhall, b. King . 16 

C. C. Page, c. Lester, 

P. R. May, not out 4 

b. O'Neill . . . 


Extras ... 26 

G. S.Harris, b. O'Neill, 


N. S. Cornelius, c. 

Total (8 wkts.) .214 

Dornan, b. Lester . 


Innings declared closed. 

W. U. Timmis, b. New- 

C. Wreford-Brown did not 





J. B. King, c. Timmis, 

H. R. Cartwright, b. 

b. May .... 


Harris 5 

J. L. Evans, c. Craig, 

W. Thayer, c. Craig, b. 

b. May .... 


Wreford-Brown . . 31 

W. N. Morrice, st. 

S. G. Thayer, not out . 2 

Craig, b. Harris . . 


Extras ... 29 

E. M. Cregar, b. May . 


J. A. Lester, not out . 


Total (8 wkts.) . 150 

W. P. Newhall, b. May 

J. P. Dornan did not bat. 

L. P. O'Neill, b. May . 

We arrived in New York on Wednesday, 
5th September, and were the guests the 
same evening of members of the Union 
Club. Mr. Clive-Bayley, the English vice- 
consul, was present, and in welcoming the 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 147 

team to the city, expressed the hope that the 
Association game would be firmly established 
in America. 

Next day we travelled by ferry-boat past 
the Statue of Liberty to Staten Island, where 
we were to play the Collegians' XI. on the 
Livingstone Cricket Ground. The turf, though 
level, was very hard, and the play was a good 
deal cramped, owing to the restricted area. 

Our opponents included two Cambridge 
men, A. G. Santer and H. Tabor, in their 
team, besides several from Harvard and 
Princetown Universities. The game was 
hardly exhilarating, both sides appearing to 
find the heat trying. Reggio scored the first 
and only goal for the Collegians, while Vassall 
4, Harris 3, Cornelius 2, and Corbett and 
Wright 1 each, brought our score up to 11-1. 
The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal) ; May and Timmis 
(backs); Willett, Wreford-Brown, and Foster 
(halves) ; Corbett, Cornelius, Harris, Vassall, 
and Wright (forwards). 

Collegians. — Van der Zee (goal) ; Tabor and Kessler 
(backs) ; A. Reggio, Mund, and Bonsfield 
(halves) ; N. Reggio, Sparks, Van Laar, 
Means, and Santer (forwards). 


After the game we were entertained at tea 
by the ladies of the club in their pavilion, and 
later in the evening the Livingstone Club 
invited us to dinner. Sir Mortimer Durand, 
the British Ambassador, was present at both 
the match and dinner, and in expressing his 
pleasure at seeing us in America, said he 
hoped the Association game would grow up 
by the side of the Rugby game, for there was 
plenty of room for both to flourish side by 
side. He admitted the need for reform in 
the laws of the latter game, but suggested 
that time, as in every other sport, would tend 
towards the development of the game in the 
right direction. 

The following day we opposed Mr. St 
John Walker's Cricket XL on the same 
ground. Our opponents batted first, and 
made 236, while our effort could only realise 
i33i G. S. Harris being top scorer with -an 
excellent 55. The wicket had worn a good 
deal towards the end of the afternoon, but 
Lorry, for the home team, bowled with great 
effect, taking eight of our wickets for some 
60 runs. After the match some of our party 
stayed behind at Staten Island for a dance, 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 149 

while others returned to New York for t{ie 

Considerable excitement prevailed about the 
match next day. Our opponents were a team 
selected from the best players of New York, 
and much speculation took place as to the 

The weather was hotter than ever when we 
lined up for the game, the only change in our 
team from the previous game being Page and 
Craig for May and Willett. For the first 
twenty minutes the pace was very fast, the 
New York men playing with tremendous 
dash. Our back division, however, soon 
gained the upper hand, and giving the for- 
wards plenty of passes, enabled them to pile 
up a big score of goals. 

Rarely has a Corinthian line of forwards 
shown such excellent combination and shoot- 
ing, for they did much as they liked during 
the rest of the game, and won by 18-0. Of 
these S. H. Day accounted for 9, Vassall 6, 
and Harris 3. Notwithstanding this immense 
total our opponents never relaxed their efforts, 
but played up gamely to the end. Their team 
was : — Cook (goal) ; Dewar, Saunders (backs) ; 


Smith, Armstrong, Robertson (halves); Tait, 
M'Neill, Crabb, Lee, Pearson (forwards). 

Before leaving New York we visited Coney 
Island and saw its many wonders, and with 
visits to many of the places of interest in the 
city our time was pleasantly filled up. 

On ioth September we journeyed to 
Newark, a large manufacturing city about 
an hour by rail from New York. The heat 
was now probably greater than we had ex- 
perienced since landing, and with a ground 
hard, narrow, and uneven, we did well to 
win by 7-1. The Newark defence was 
considerably stronger than its attack, and 
they played a decidedly robust and dashing 
game. Vassall was unfortunate enough to fall 
and injure his shoulder half-way through the 
game, and was of little help afterwards. At 
half-time we had scored six times through Day 
(1 ), Vassall (2), and Cornelius (3). Day scored 
once again in the second portion of the game, 
and thus we won as stated. Our team was 
the same as defeated the Collegians, with the 
exception of Craig for Foster and Day for 
Harris. After the game the two teams dined 
together, and many kindly speeches were made. 

CANADA AND U.S., 1906 151 

The following day Timmis, Vassall, and 
Corbett sailed for England, thus leaving 
twelve men for the last two matches. 

The journey to Fall River was made by 
boat, and meeting with a severe thunder- 
storm on the way, we had a rather un- 
comfortable experience. There was a large 
crowd at the base-ball field in the afternoon, 
but we were disappointed on arriving to find 
it the worst ground we had yet fallen in with. 

It was exceedingly rough, besides being 
narrow, and once again we had to forego 
any attempt at playing the passing game. 

The Fall River team depended entirely on 
their kick-and-rush tactics, and very well they 
played them. No score took place up to half- 
time, but during the latter period Fall River 
scored thrice, and we were accordingly beaten 
3-0. It was very fast and full of incidents, 
but the finer points of the game were little 
called into use, owing to the conditions of the 
ground. The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — Rowlandson (goal) ; Page and May 
(backs); Craig, Morgan-Owen, and Willett 
(halves) ; Foster, Day, Harris, Cornelius, 
and Wright (forwards). 


Fall River. — Hceley (goal) ; Baglcy and Greenwood 
(backs); Cyr, Dalton, Horton (halves); M'Neil, 
L. Gauthier, G. Gauthier, Cummings, and Sander- 
lands (forwards). 

The tour was brought to a close at Boston 
with a match against Fore River on September 
14. Yet again a wretched ground had been 
chosen for the match, and what was a greater 
pity still, the ground had been reduced in 
width to 56 yards. Football as it should be 
played was once more out of the question, 
and we were obliged to engage in another 
rough-and-tumble, from which we emerged 
with a draw of 1-1 to our credit 

The Corinthian team was the same as at 
Fall River, with the exception that Wreford- 
Brown came into the team, while Craig stood 

Fore River were represented by: — Collins 
(goal) ; J. Smith and W. M'Gregor (backs) ; 
J. Chaplin, Lyons, and M'Divett (halves); 
McAllister, D. M'Donald, Elliot, J. M'Donald, 
and R. Lewis (forwards). 

Returning to New York, we sailed by the 
Cunard Company's steamer Campania, and 


Corinthians v. Hamilton : Canadian Tour. 
A Rough Ground. 

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reached Liverpool, after a most enjoyable 
tour, on September 22. 

We had in the course of our travels played 
seventeen matches, of which we won fourteen, 
drew two, and lost one, scoring 122 goals 
to 14. Taking into consideration the long 
journeys which had to be made, and the 
short time into which the seventeen matches 
were crowded, the results cannot be described 
as unsatisfactory. That the tour was marred 
by one defeat was unfortunate, more especially 
as this was only the second on foreign soil ; 
yet this, together with the drawn games at 
Seaforth and Fore River, were due, as no 
one would deny, more to the roughness of 
the ground than to any inferiority of our 

Wherever we met with good ground the 
results were very decided, and I think one 
of the first ways of encouraging and further- 
ing the game on the right lines is in the 
direction of better playing-grounds. To bring 
out all the finer points of the sport, the ground 
must be level. With so many good players 
and keen organisers ready to hand, the time 
should not be far distant when we shall send 


teams across the Atlantic to meet our friends 
on far more even terms, and when we may be 
enabled to entertain them in England, and so 
repay a few of the many kindnesses we received 
at their hands. 



In 1898 a shield was offered by Sir Thomas 
Dewar to be competed for by the best 
professional and amateur side of the year, 
the proceeds to be devoted to charity. A 
committee was formed of the following — 
Sir Thomas Dewar (donor), Lord Kinnaird 
(president), Sir Reginald Hanson, Bart., M.P., 
Sir Francis Marindin, K.C.B., W. Bromley- 
Davenport, Esq., M.P., H. M'Calmont, Esq., 
M.P., R. C. Gosling, Esq., Dr. Kemp, 
N. L. Jackson, Esq., J. J. Bentley, Esq., 
C. Wreford-Brown, Esq. — who drew up the 
necessary regulations, and from the outset 
the competition has met with great success. 
Up to the present time no less than some 
^2700 has been distributed to hospitals and 
other charitable institutions. The last two 
seasons have been most satisfactory, over 



^1300 having been cleared as the result of 
two matches. 

In the allocation of the various amounts 
London charities receive the greater portion, 
but a certain amount is always distributed 
among the charities of the town which the 
professional team taking part in the com- 
petition represents. 

In order to compete in this competition it 
was necessary for the Corinthians to alter their 
rules, since Rule 7 states that " the club shall 
not compete for any challenge cup or prizes 
of any description whatever." The difficulty 
was overcome by the addition of the note at 
the end of the club's regulations. 

Several changes in the committee have 
taken place since the first year of the com- 
petition, but those responsible at the present 
time for its welfare are: Sir Thomas Dewar 
(donor), Lord Kinnaird (president), J. J. 
Bentley, Esq., C. Wreford- Brown, Esq., G. O. 
Smith, Esq., W. R. Moon, Esq., C. B. Fry, 
Esq., Sir William Treloar, and H. W. Hewitt, 
Esq., the indefatigable honorary secretary. 

Phvto ; Kusstl! &• Sois. 

Crystal Palace Ground. 



(March 19) 

The opening match in this competition was 
played at the Crystal Palace, the Corinthians 
being selected to do battle with Sheffield 
United. Great interest was shown in the 
match, and despite the fact that the drizzle 
of the morning developed into a downpour 
as the game began, over 20,000 people were 
present. The teams were : — 

Corinthians. — W. Campbell (goal) ; C. B. Fry, W. 
J. Oakley (backs) ; B. Middleditch, C. Wreford- 
Brown, F. M. Ingram (halves) ; R. C. Gosling, 
W. F. H. Stanbrough, G. O. Smith, C. L. 
Alexander, C J. Burnup (forwards). 

Sheffield United. — Foulkes (goal); Thickett, Cain 
(backs); Johnson, Morren, Needham (halves); 
Bennett, M'Kay, Gaudie, Cunningham, Priest 

Referee. — Mr. E. E. Stuart. Linesmen. — 
Messrs. C. Squires and W. H. Bellamy. 

Owing to injuries, the Corinthians were un- 
fortunately robbed of the services of L. V. 
Lodge and G. S. Wilson. The first half 
was chiefly noticeable for the fine defence 


displayed on either side, in spite of the wet 
ground and difficult conditions. In the early 
stages of the game the players were continu- 
ally pulled up for charges which the referee 
deemed unnecessary, and this no doubt affected 
the forward play, which can only be described 
as moderate. 

The second half provided more excitement, 
for G. O. Smith and Burnup were continually 
prominent; but they always found Cain and 
Thickett overshadowing them, and when time 
arrived nothing had been scored by either side. 
For Sheffield United Needham was superb, 
while Bennett and Cunningham showed great 
pace and resource in face of the stubborn 
defence of Wreford-Brown, Fry, and Oakley. 
After a consultation it was decided to replay 
the match on Monday, April 4. 

Replayed Tie 

The teams for the second encounter, which 
was watched by some 8000 people at the 
Crystal Palace, were both slightly different 
from those which had done duty before. For 
the amateurs R. Topham took the place of 
Stanbrough, while W. L. Foster played left 


half in place of F. M. Ingram. The profes- 
sionals' back division remained unaltered, while 
the forwards were Bennett and Cunningham 
(right wing), Hedley (centre), Almond and 
Priest (left wing). Mr. Stuart was again 

As in the previous encounter, the chief 
feature of the game was the stout resistance 
offered by the defence on either side. Fry 
and Oakley were excellent at back, while 
Middleditch and Wreford-Brown worked un- 
tiringly, and were both at the top of their 
form. Sheffield United scored the first goal 
through the agency of Almond, following a 
pass by Cunningham, which Fry just failed to 
intercept. Fifteen minutes from the restart 
R. Topham was fouled close to the goal 
mouth, and a free kick was awarded to the 
amateurs. Owing to the Sheffielders en- 
croaching, the kick had to be taken a second 
time, upon which occasion Foster equalised. 
This was the extent of the scoring. The 
amateurs had rather the best of the game 
all through, but Sheffield were distinctly un- 
lucky on more than one occasion in not 
scoring. Though pressed to play extra time 


and endeavour to bring about a definite result, 
the Yorkshiremen were obdurate, and insisted 
upon standing by the result. Thus the two 
teams became joint holders of the cup for the 
first year of its institution. 


(March n) 

At the Crystal Palace 

The Corinthians were this season out of 
form, chancing on one of those cycles of for- 
tune that are bound to come to every club at 
one time or another. They lost both matches 
against Queen's Park — the one in London by 
2-3, and that in Glasgow by 1-4, so their 
rivals beyond the border were selected to do 
duty in this year's competition against Aston 

Once again no decisive result could be ar- 
rived at, and in spite of the fact that an extra 
half-hour was this time played, no scoring took 
place. This was the first and only time in the 
history of the competition that a team other 
than the Corinthians was chosen to represent 
the amateurs. 



The match this year was arranged before 
Christmas, but unfortunately it was found im- 
possible to play it on a Saturday, and the attend- 
ance at the Crystal Palace only amounted to 
some 7000 in consequence. 

Four games had now been played in the 
competition without any decisive result accru- 
ing, and it was evident from the pace at the 
start of the game that no stone was to be left 
unturned in order to bring about some definite 
conclusion this year. Both sides were well re- 
presented, though the Villa were unfortunate 
in being deprived of the services of Crabtree, 
who had injured himself while training the 
evening before. The teams were : — 

Corinthians.— W. Campbell (goal); C. B. Fry, W. 
J. Oakley (backs); B. Middleditch, R. R. Barker, 
H. Vickers (halves) ; G. C. Vassall, R. E. Foster, 
G. O. Smith, G. P. Wilson, B. O. Corbett 

Aston Villa. — George (goal) ; Spencer, Evans (backs) ; 
Bowman, Wilks, Mann (halves) ; Athersmith, 
Devey, Garraty, Wheldon, Smith (forwards). 


There had been a heavy rainfall during the 
preceding week, and with more rain falling in the 
morning, the water was lying in pools, making 
the ground a veritable quagmire in places. 
G. O. Smith won the toss, and, the Corinthians 
defending the southern goal, the game began 
at a great pace. The two opposing right 
wings, Vassall and Athersmith, made several 
dashing runs, only to be brought up in turn by 
Spencer and Oakley. Play was very even, but 
about ten minutes from half-time Smith got 
away on the Villa left. He brought off a 
brilliant run down the wing, and middling 
accurately into the goal mouth, he had the 
satisfaction of seeing Garraty head the ball 
neatly into the net Four minutes later 
Vassall was engaged in a similar performance, 
and after beating his half and drawing the 
opposing back, he centred to Foster, who beat 
George with an excellent shot. Thus at half- 
time the score stood at i-i. 

On resuming Campbell was repeatedly called 
upon to save from Garraty and Devey, but the 
Corinthian back division, especially Vickers, 
Middleditch, and Oakley, were very safe, and 
the Villa forwards could not get the upper hand. 


There remained but twelve minutes when the 
deciding point came. From a run by the 
Corinthian left wing, G. O. Smith obtained 
possession, and sending in a tremendous shot, 
did not allow George the smallest oppor- 
tunity of saving. The Villa fought hard to 
equalise, but this proved the end of the scor- 
ing, so that the Corinthians became the first 
holders of the shield by the narrow margin 
of 2-1. 

It was a great game in spite of the unusually 
heavy state of the ground, and was remark- 
able chiefly for its openness and pace. The 
amateurs played well to a man. The back 
division seemed to get through an enormous 
amount of work under most adverse conditions, 
and even with C. B. Fry kors de combat for 
some time towards the end of the game, they 
always proved strong enough to stem the 
opposing attack. Sir Thomas Dewar pre- 
sented the shield to the winners at the close 
of play, and expressed his pleasure in the fact 
that some one had at last been found to take 
possession of it. 



This year found the Corinthians once more 
opposed to their old friends Aston Villa at the 
Crystal Palace. 

Once more, too, they found the ground with 
pools of water standing in many places, and a 
threatening sky overhead. Yet in spite of this 
the players rose superior to all difficulties, 
and the large attendance which thronged the 
slopes was afforded an excellent game. The 
teams were : — 

Corinthians. — G. E. Wilkinson (goal) ; W. J. Oakley, 
C. B. Fry (backs) ; B. Middleditch, H. Thwaites, 
H. Vickers (halves) ; R. G. Wright, R. E. Foster, 
L. J. Moon, C F. Ryder, B. O. Corbett (for- 

Aston Villa. — George (goal) ; Crabtree, Evans (backs) ; 
Bowman, Cowan, Wilks (halves); Athersmith, 
Devey, Johnson, Garraty, Smith (forwards). 
Referee. — Captain Simpson. 

Undoubtedly the absence of G. O. Smith 
from the Corinthians' eleven was a great loss, 
for although L. J. Moon played well in the 
open, the presence of the great centre forward 

Fhoto ; Russell &• Sons. 

Corinthians v. Sheffield Wednesday, April 24, 1905. 

J'hoto : Russell &• Sous. 

Corinthians v. Aston Villa, March 2, 1901. 


in front of goal, where so many chances were 
missed in the first half, would probably have 
made all the difference. During the first period 
a fine exposition of the short passing game 
was shown by both sides, and though the 
Corinthians gave decidedly the more finished 
display, the defence of both teams was so tena- 
cious that no scoring took place. Throughout 
the second half more open tactics were pursued, 
and the wing men made many dashing runs ; 
but the defence on either side seemed well- 
nigh impregnable and likely to prevail. It 
happened, however, some ten minutes before 
time that Athersmith, who had changed places 
with Devey, received a pass which gave him 
just the necessary start of Oakley, and racing 
through, he shot the only goal of the match. 
A well-known football paper, in describing the 
game, said : " When the match ended, and 
the professionals were left victorious, the glory 
was equally divided. Their steadiness and 
endurance, the exact discipline and method, 
which enabled them to outlast their opponents, 
were deserving of such a reward ; but none the 
less meritorious were the brilliant attacks and 
strenuous defence of the amateurs, who, though 


they were weak, were also decidedly unlucky 
in front of goal." 


(March i) 

The Charity Committee selected Tottenham 
Hotspur to represent the professionals in this 
year's contest. The fact that Aston Villa, 
last years League winners, were not invited 
to defend the shield caused a little astonish- 
ment in Birmingham ; but the committee, in 
regarding the interests of charity when they 
chose the winners of the English Cup to 
compete on their own ground at Tottenham, 
were rewarded by a very large attendance. 
The teams were: — 

Corinthians. — G. E. Wilkinson (goal) ; C. B. Fry, 
W. U. Timmis (backs) ; G. B. Pollock-Hodsoll, 
H. Thwaites, H. Vickers (halves) ; M. H. Stan- 
brough, R. E. Foster, H. Morgan-Owen, G. P. 
Wilson, B. O. Corbett (forwards). 

Tottenham Hotspur. — Clawley (goal); Erentz, Tait 
(backs) ; Morris, Hughes, Jones (halves) ; 
Smith, Cameron, Browne, Copeland, Kirwan 


It will be noticed that the Corinthians were 
not at full strength, neither G. O. Smith, 
W. J, Oakley, nor M. Morgan-Owen being 
able to play, while the Tottenham side had 
exactly the same eleven which had won the 
F.A. Cup the previous season. Throughout 
the first half play was of an even character, 
and, though the Corinthian goal-keeper had 
several anxious moments, he managed to keep 
his charge intact. The amateurs, owing to 
better combination and shooting, made the 
most of their opportunities, and at half-time 
were leading by 2 goals to nothing, both 
scored by H. Morgan-Owen. The second 
half was somewhat sensational, for the pro- 
fessionals outplayed their opponents on every 
hand, and with the Corinthian halves practi- 
cally collapsing, they scored 5 goals and won 
by 5-2. The shield was presented to the 
winners by Colonel Probyn, who warmly con- 
gratulated them upon their great performance. 


As was the case the previous season, the 
Tottenham Hotspur ground was the scene 


chosen for this match. The teams selected 
were : — 

Corinthians. — G. E. Wilkinson (goal); Rev. W. 
Blackburn, W. U. Timmis (backs); P. P. 
Braithwaite, M. Morgan - Owen, H. Vickers 
(halves) ; M. H. Stanbrough, K. Corbett, 
R. G. Wright, C F. Ryder, B. O. Corbett 

Sunderland. — Doig (goal) ; M'Combie, Watson 
(backs); Farquhar, McAllister, Jackson (halves); 
Hogg, Robinson, Miller, Hewitt, Bridgett (for- 

Referee. — Mr. A. Green. 

With little or no grass to be seen, and the 
surface in a greasy condition, accurate passing 
and kicking became very difficult Still, these 
conditions appeared to affect the professionals 
but little, and they gave a display of collec- 
tive excellence from start to finish, and won 
by 3-0. 

The Corinthian back division played with 
Vickers, Blackburn, and Braithwaite continu- 
ally breaking up the combination of the 
Sunderland forwards, who were very ably led 
by Miller in the centre. But the amateur 
forwards were an untried combination; they 
had not played together before, and they 

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proved totally ineffective as a whole. Occa- 
sional individual breaks caused some anxiety 
to the Sunderland defence, but before the 
game was many minutes old it was plain that 
the amateurs were not likely to fall in with 
one another's play or show any cohesion in 
attack. The professional backs were com- 
plete masters of the situation from start to 
finish, and it really reflected great credit upon 
the Corinthian defence that they only allowed 
three goals to be scored against them. 

Lord Kinnaird, President of the Football 
Association, presented the medals and shield 
to the winning side. 


This season found the Corinthians opposed 
to Bury on their own ground at Queen's 
Club. The League team had a very strong 
side out, claiming nine of the eleven who had 
won the Football Association Cup the pre- 
vious year. The amateurs had, with the one 
exception of S. H. Day at inside-right, the 
same team which had defeated Stoke on the 


previous Saturday after a very fine perform- 
ance. The teams were: — 

Corinthians. — T. S. Rowlandson (goal) ; Rev. W. 
Blackburn, W. U. Timmis (backs) ; H. Vickers, 
M. Morgan-Owen, H. A. Lowe (halves) ; G. C. 
Vassall, S. H. Day, G. S. Harris, S. S. Harris, 
B. O. Corbett (forwards). 

Bury. — Monteith (goal) ; Lindsay, M'Ewan (backs) ; 
Johnston, Thorpe, Ross (halves) ; Richards, 
Swann, Sagar, Wood, Plant (forwards). 

Referee. — Captain Simpson. 

Linesmen. — H. W. Hewitt, W. J. Oakley. 

The turf was in excellent order, and the 
weather conditions, except for a stiff breeze, 
were not unfavourable. Playing with the 
wind behind them, the professionals pressed 
from the start, and the game was no more 
than ten minutes old when they had placed 
two goals to their credit through the instru- 
mentality of Plant and Sagar. The outlook 
did not seem very promising for the Corin- 
thians ; but their forwards soon got into their 
stride, and G. S. Harris from a pass by 
Vassall beat Monteith. Encouraged by this 
success, the amateurs strained every nerve, 
and within five minutes Day had added 
two more goals. Shortly after S. S. Harris 


scored again, and half-time arrived with the 
score 4-2. 

After so inauspicious a beginning this result 
was very creditable; but the second half of 
the game provided the greatest surprise, for 
the Corinthians, exhibiting perfect combina- 
tion and wonderful dash, swept everything 
before them, and when " time " arrived had 
scored 10 goals to their opponents' 3. S. S. 
Harris registered 5, G. S. Harris 3, and 
S. H. Day 2. 

It was perhaps the most remarkable dis- 
play in the annals of the club, for never before 
had the Corinthians shown such perfect com- 
bination, dash, and shooting. The Bury side 
were putting their utmost into their efforts, 
but were outmanoeuvred at every point, and 
appeared helpless against the sweeping rushes 
of the amateurs, which, they afterwards ad- 
mitted, were unlike anything they had met 
with before. It would be invidious to dilate 
on the merits of any particular players on 
the amateur side, for every member of the 
team was at the top of his form. For Bury, 
perhaps Sagar, Plant, and Swann were the 
most conspicuous; and though Monteith was 


beaten on so many occasions, yet it is doubt- 
ful whether he could have stopped any of the 
shots which scored. Lord Alverstone pre- 
sented the shield and medals to the winning 
team amidst much enthusiasm. 


(April 24) 

At the Crystal Palace 

This season's match was decided on Easter 
Monday, the Corinthians opposing Sheffield 
Wednesday at the Crystal Palace. 

There were some 15,000 people present, and 
the ground being hard and dry, a fast game 
ensued. The following were the teams: — 

Corinthians. — T. S. Rowlandson (goal) 5 O. T. Norris, 
W. U. Timmis (backs) ; J. D. Craig, M. Morgan- 
Owen, H. Vickers (halves) ; G. C. Vassall, S. 
H. Day, G. & Harris, S. S. Harris, E. G. D. 
Wright (forwards). 

Sheffield Wednesday. — Lyall (goal) ; Layton, Burton 
(backs) ; Ruddlesden, Crawshaw, Bartlett 
(halves) ; Davis, Brittleton, Wilson, Stewart, 
Simpson (forwards). 

Referee. — Captain W. Simpson. Linesmen. — 
Messrs. H. W. Hewitt and L. V. Lodge. 


The first half was full of incident, the forwards 
on either side showing excellent combination. 
The Corinthians were the first to score. The 
game had only been in progress some three 
minutes when Vassall centred across the goal 
and G. S. Harris dashed in and scored from 
close quarters. This proved the extent of the 
scoring up to half-time. Directly after the 
interval Ruddlesden gave Davis an oppor- 
tunity of getting down the wing, and, Row- 
landson failing to quite clear his shot, Wilson 
rushed the ball into the net. Thus encouraged, 
the professionals pressed continuously, and, with 
Wilson scoring again a quarter of an hour 
from time, they eventually won by 2-1. It 
was an excellent game, fast and full of interest. 
In the open there was little to choose between 
the teams, but the amateur insides were dis- 
tinctly weak in front of goal, and made little 
use of the many opportunities given them by 
their wing men. 

Sir T. R. Dewar, M.P., presented the shield 
to the winning team, for whom Crawshaw, the 
captain, replied. 



Exceptional interest was taken in this year's 
contest with Liverpool in the Charity Shield 
Competition, owing to the fact that during 
the season only one of the 22 matches played 
by the amateurs had been lost, while Liver- 
pool were generally admitted to be the finest 
team in the country. It was perhaps a pity, 
from the Corinthian point of view, that the 
game was played so late in the season. All 
their important fixtures had been completed 
some time before, and the relaxation of an 
easy continental tour was unlikely to have 
the effect of keeping the team up to the 

The game was played at Fulham, and the 
sides were : — 

Corinthians. — T. S. Rowlandson (goal) ; Rev. W. 
Blackburn and W. U. Timmis (backs) ; J. D. 
Craig, M. Morgan-Owen (captain), and K. R. G. 
Hunt (half-backs); G. C Vassall, S. H. Day, 
G. S. Harris, S. S. Harris, and E. G. D. 
Wright (forwards). 


Liverpool — Hardy (goal) ; West and Dunlop (backs) ; 
Parry, Raisbeck (captain), and Bradley (half- 
backs) ; Goddard, Parkinson, Hewitt, Ray- 
bould, and Cox (forwards). 

Referee. — Mr. P. R. Harrower. Linesmen. — 
Messrs. H. W. Hewitt and R. E. Foster. 

It will be noticed that the amateurs had 
exactly the same front line as at the Crystal 
Palace in the previous season's contest, while 
Hunt and Blackburn took the places of 
N orris and Vickers in the back division. 
The Corinthian display was certainly dis- 
appointing. The forwards, though frequently 
prominent in the earlier stages of the game, 
were spasmodic in their efforts, and with the 
back division scarcely showing their best form, 
they were seldom really dangerous till the 
result was a foregone conclusion. 

At half-time Liverpool were leading by 2-0, 
Hewitt scoring from a m616e in front of goal, 
and Raybould turning to account a fine effort 
on the part of Goddard. During the last half 
the Liverpool team played superb football, and 
adding three more goals to the Corinthians' 
one (by S. S. Harris), were thus victorious 
by 5-1. 

The Corinthians were doubtless caught on 



an off-day, Vassall, Timmis, and Rowlandson 
alone showing their true form ; but too great 
a tribute cannot be paid to the excellent 
football played by the professionals, who 
thoroughly deserved their victory. 

The shield and medals were presented by 
Lord Kinnaird at the close of the game, a 
special medal being presented to Mr. H. W. 
Hewitt, the Hon. Secretary of the competi- 
tion, who worked so untiringly to bring the 
arrangements to such a successful issue. 


1897-98 — Corinthians drew V.Sheffield United (0-0), March 

19, and (1-1) April 4 (at the Crystal Palace). 
1898-99— Queen's Park (Glasgow) drew v. Aston Villa 

(0-0), March n, after an extra half-hour (at 

the Crystal Palace). 
1 899-1 900— Corinthians beat Aston Villa (2-1), November 

8 (at the Crystal Palace). 
1900-1 — Aston Villa beat Corinthians (1-0), March 2 (at 

the Crystal Palace). 
1901-2 — Tottenham Hotspur beat Corinthians (5-2), 

March 1 (at Tottenham). 
1902-3 — Sunderland beat Corinthians (3-0), February 28 

(at Queen's Club). 
1903-4 — Corinthians beat Bury (10-3), March 5 (at 

Queen's Club). 

1904-5 — Sheffield Wednesday beat Corinthians (2-1), 

April 24 (at the Crystal Palace). 
1905-6— Liverpool beat Corinthians (5-1), April 28 (at 












By T. S. Rowlandson 

The lot of a goal-keeper may not be con- 
sidered the most enviable on the field, and 
it is certainly one of the most nerve-trying. 

All other players have each their oppor- 
tunity of retrieving any chance mistake by 
a brilliant recovery. Not so with the goal- 
keeper ; he has to wait in solitary sorrow 
till the opposing side may again be pleased 
to test his abilities. This may to some 
extent explain why many goal-keepers display 
marvellous powers in practice games, yet in 
an important match seem to lose all their 
activity and cleverness before the eyes of a 
large crowd. 

Yet the art of goal-keeping is not without 
its interest. Of course, one of the greatest 
advantages to a goal-keeper is being able 
always to play behind the same pair of backs. 



He gets thoroughly acquainted with their play, 
knows where to find them at a corner-kick, 
and has no fears that they will obstruct his 
view of the ball. 

Moreover, many backs are very fond of 
passing back to the goal-keeper when hard 
pressed. If the goal-keeper is not aware of 
this habit, the back may unfortunately accom- 
plish what the opposing forward has long been 
trying to do. 

In taking a goal-kick it is always advisable 
to use the instep, and not the toe of one's foot, 
as in the latter case the ball has an awkward 
tendency to skid off in the wrong direction, 
especially on a wet day, with the result that a 
well-meant pass often finds itself at the foot 
of an opposing forward. For this very reason 
it is always best to kick a wet, greasy ball 
towards the touch-line, away from the centre. 
In the case of a hard low shot, the goal-keeper 
should always try and pick the ball up with 
his hands in the same way as he would field a 
ball at cricket, remembering that a ball thrown 
to a half or back is often of more advantage 
to the side than a reckless punt down the field. 
Of course, in a scrimmage near goal it is often 


the case that a goal-keeper has only time to 
punch the ball away with his fists. Still, he 
is generally able to take the precaution of 
punching it away to the side of the ground. 

Perhaps the most dreadful moment in the 
life of a goal-keeper is when he has to face 
a penalty-kick. Naturally every goal-keeper 
has his own theory of how and where to stand 
at such a trying time. My own idea is to 
stand on one side of the goal, and at the 
moment when the ball is being kicked, to move 
sharply across the goal mouth with the eyes 
fixed on the man, and not the ball. By this 
method the intention of the enemy is more 
easily divined. 

Next to saving a penalty, a goal-keeper's 
nerve is most tested when a forward breaks 
through the defence and runs free towards 
the goal. In such a case many a goal-keeper 
has been censured for running out to meet 
the opponent ; but I feel sure that more goals 
are saved than lost by this policy. The for- 
ward is very apt to be bustled by an advancing 
goal-keeper, while in any case he has a less 
open goal at which to shoot. 

It may not be out of place to say a word 


about training. It is a very prevalent idea 
that a goal- keeper needs no training ; but 
surely training quickens the eye, and no goal- 
keeper can achieve any great success unless 
he does all in his power to increase his quick- 
ness and activity. For years it has been my 
practice to kick a ball against the wall of a 
large barn, and then to pick it up and punch 
it on the rebound. 

Lastly, a goal-keeper should always be pro- 
vided with two pairs of boots for dry and wet 
grounds, as well as a pair of woollen gloves, 
which will be found especially useful if the ball 
is likely to be at all greasy. 


By L. V. Lodge 

Leaving the goal-keeper out of account, a 
full back on an average covers less ground 
than any other player. The position, how- 
ever, is a difficult one to fill really well, and 
a weak back will often wreck an otherwise 
brilliant side. Of course, he must be beaten 
at times, through no fault of his own, by the 
opposing forwards ; his half-back may have 


let him down badly; or he may have been 
fairly and squarely outmanoeuvred by the 
cleverness of the opposition. A back does 
not deserve severe censure for this. But it is 
quite another thing when a goal is scored 
following on a miskick or a half-hearted tackle 
or an error in heading ; these are real crimes, 
and just the sort of blunders that lose a close 

Accurate kicking can be to a very great 
extent acquired by practice, but if a young 
player wants to improve quickly he must use 
his wits and work out the art of kicking intel- 
ligently and in detail, just as a cricketer works 
out his strokes at the nets. The first thing to 
realise is that the instep, and not the toe, is 
the important part of the foot ; and if any one 
doubts the truth of this statement, let him 
volley a high dropping wettish ball with the 
toe only. Not only do you get a longer and 
lower ball with the instep kick, but it is a 
much truer one, and one that has the double 
advantage of going very fast through the air 
and yet being easily taken by a forward, owing 
to its back spin. The " push " shot with any 
iron club in golf is an exact parallel. Having 


once acquired this kick, the rest is fairly plain 
sailing. Use the left foot from the start as 
much as the right, and screw-kick whenever 
it is possible, as it is much easier to direct 
accurately a moving ball in this way. Length 
in kicking is a question of following through, 
being well balanced, and perfect timing, so 
as to get the full weight of the body into 
the kick. To avoid miskicking, a back must 
always watch the flight of the ball very care- 
fully, and be a good judge of distance : more 
especially must he study the spin on the ball. 
A batsman who does not distinguish between 
a leg and an off break from the movement of 
the bowler's hand soon loses his wicket, and 
a back who has not realised which way the 
ball is likely to turn is continually mis- 

High kicking is a mistake ; aim rather at 
getting the ball just clear of the opposition to 
a man unmarked. A back has many chances 
during a game of setting his forward machinery 
going if he will only use his eyes and wits. 
A big kick over the heads of the forwards to 
the opposing backs is generally quite useless, 
and only wears out the side. 


The next important part of a back's game 
is tackling. 

In this most difficult art, success depends 
upon the player choosing the exact fraction 
of a second to make his effort. If the for* 
ward has the ball completely under his control, 
the back must get within tackling distance 
as soon as he can, and watch for his oppor- 
tunity like a cat watches a mouse. When 
his chance comes he must dash in fearlessly, 
going straight for the ball and charging his 
man, if necessary, at the same time. He 
may have to retreat some distance before 
the forward lets him in, but, except at close 
quarters to goal, this is vastly better than 
making a wild dash too soon and letting his 
opponent through. 

Some players have the natural gift of being 
able to anticipate the movements of a forward, 
and always seem to be in the right place for 
intercepting passes. This, as I say, is to a 
very great extent a natural gift ; but a lot can 
be done by looking about to see where the 
danger lies, and in having the field of play 
always in one's eye. 

Success in tackling to a very great extent 


depends on a player starting quickly. Having 
once made up his mind, he must get off the 
mark at once ; and, above all things, he must 
when tackling not turn his back. If after all 
he misses his tackle, he must be ready to turn 
quickly so as to have a second go at his man. 
When he has succeeded in depriving his oppo- 
nent of the ball, a back should always look 
for an opening before getting rid of it. He 
so often has a clear road in front of him that 
he may safely dribble up the field, drawing 
the defence away from his own forwards, and 
settling where he can make the best pass. At 
close quarters to goal, however, he should kick 
at once, his one idea being to get the ball out 
of the danger zone as soon as possible. 

To be a thoroughly sound defender, a back 
must be not only a good kick and sound 
tackier, but at the same time an accurate 
header. With a little intelligent practice he 
can soon master this part of the game. 

As in kicking, balance and perfect timing 
are the secrets of success. The balance de- 
pends almost entirely on the arms at the 
moment of impact being extended on a 
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turned inwards. He must jump to meet the 
ball, and in so doing stiffen his body from 
head to toe, receive it on the forehead, never 
having taken his eye off it. A very common 
mistake for young players to make is to drop 
the eyes at the moment of heading. This is 
the reason for mistiming. A really high-class 
header, by a skilful movement of the neck 
which enables him in a sort of way to throw 
his head at the ball, keeping the body quite 
rigid, can move the ball a surprising distance. 

Heading with the back and side of the head 
is rarely wanted, but if the forward head is 
once mastered he will find very little difficulty 
with these variations. The backs should com- 
bine not only with one another, but with their 
halves and goal-keeper. A pass back to the 
latter will often get the defence out of a diffi- 
culty ; but if the pass is made it is of the utmost 
importance to shield the goal-keeper as far as 
possible by keeping off the opposing forwards. 

My last piece of advice to a back is " to be 
strong and of a good courage." 


By B. Middleditch 

So much has been written during the last 
few years about football, cricket, golf, and every 
branch of sport, that one sometimes wonders 
how people got on before there was any litera- 
ture on these subjects, and if it has had any 
really good results. There is no doubt that 
the general standard of excellence has gone up 
a great deal. Not that the giants of the pre- 
sent day are any better than those of former 
years, especially when one takes into account 
the greater facilities and improved condition 
to-day. The natural footballer, cricketer, or 
golfer soon finds out for himself what is the 
right thing to do. But it is the average person 
who gets the most help from reading, and this 
is probably one of the chief reasons for this 
improved standard. 

This is my apology for trying to put down a 
few hints on how to play half-back. I cannot 
cover all the ground, but will simply touch 
on a few of those points that seem of most 


Being in the Right Place 

Everything depends on being in the right 
place, so that you make the opposing forward 
pass the ball where he does not want to, or 
prevent him passing it to a particular man. 

If you watch a good half-back, it is surpris- 
ing what a lot of running about he sometimes 
does without even touching the ball, and the 
casual observer goes away with the impres- 
sion that he is off colour or not much good. 
The full backs, however, will tell quite a dif- 
ferent tale, and the reason for so many attacks 
being broken up was because the halves were 
in the right place and made the opposing for- 
wards pass the ball where the full backs could 
get it. This sounds very simple, but it is 
more than half the battle. In fact, it is just 
the difference between a first and a second class 
player. The former is always in the right 
place. He seems to forecast events, and to 
know from the general trend of the game that 
the ball will be passed to a certain place, and 
he is there ready for it. Of course, experience 
goes for a lot, and you can improve immensely 
by playing, watching, and carefully thinking 


out the various cases ; but some people are so 
exceptionally good at intercepting passes that 
it seems as if they were possessed with a kind 
of second sight 

It is of the utmost importance for the full 
back and half to know each other's play. For 
instance, there are two methods open to a 
wing half in marking the forwards ; either he 
watches the outside forward almost exclu- 
sively and leaves the inside to the centre half 
and full back, or he more or less goes for 
whichever of the two wing forwards has the 
ball. The former plan I believe is the better, 
especially if the outside forward is fast and 
clever. You can nearly always get into such 
a position that you have a few yards' start, if it 
does come to the question of sprinting for the 
ball, and when the inside finds that his passes 
to the wing are either intercepted or spoilt he 
is forced to alter his usual game ; and if, as is 
probably the case, he is accustomed to relying 
on his wing man, the general plan of attack is 


Don't hesitate ; make up your mind quickly, 
and then go for the ball hard and strong. This 


is the secret of tackling. Stop the man if you 
cannot get the ball, for by this means you at 
any rate prevent the ball being repassed to 
him. In football, like most games, it is a ques- 
tion of Jteeping your eye on the ball. Occa- 
sionally, however, you come across a man who 
seems to mesmerise you if you watch his feet, 
and you find he is round you before you know 
where you are. In such a case it is a good 
plan to fix your attention on stopping the man 
and let the ball be a secondary consideration. 
I am afraid this sounds rough, and would 
horrify many referees, but of course I mean 
stop him by fair means ; there is nothing unfair 
in a good fair and square charge, and it is cer- 
tainly a very exhilarating part of the game. 

Feeding the Forwards 

Few things are of more importance than 
passing accurately to the forwards. Vou so 
often see a half tackle well, get the ball, and 
then spoil everything by kicking too hard or 
making a clumsy pass to his forwards. 

Keep the ball on the ground whenever it is 
possible to do so. It is so much easier to 
take a pass of this kind than one in which 



the ball is bumping about. And by passing 
to a forward is not always meant passing 
straight at him. Often the most deadly pass 
is one to a spot, perhaps fifteen or twenty 
yards away, to which he can get before any 
one else. 

Then, again, don't make it obvious to whom 
you are going to pass. Always use up a man 
before you get rid of the ball by drawing the 
opposing half, and so clear the ground for your 
forwards. I do not mean that you should 
always try to dribble round the man, but 
endeavour to make some one who is marking 
your forwards come and tackle you, and then 
get rid of the ball as soon as you can. You 
will frequently find in such a case that one of 
the forwards on the other wing is quite un- 
marked, and you have made a good opening 
for him. 

Dribbling is often overdone. A half should 
hardly ever keep the ball if there is an oppor- 
tunity of passing to a forward in a good posi- 
tion. And yet you often see a half dribble 
round an opponent, and then, instead of pass- 
ing at once to a forward, go on and try to trick 
the next man that tackles him. This is far 


too risky; for if he does get the ball taken 
from him, as is often the case, he leaves the 
opposing forwards quite unmarked, often with 
disastrous results. 

Now this leads to one of the most difficult 
problems of half-back play — namely, when the 
opposing half has the ball and comes dribbling 
down the field trying to draw the defence, 
should you go and tackle him at once and 
make him pass, or should you fall back and 
keep marking the opposing forwards? It is 
impossible to lay down any hard-and-fast rule 
in such a case. You must be guided by cir- 
cumstances. If you are near your own goal 
line, you should almost always go out and 
tackle the man at once, or he will get in a shot 
at goal. If you are farther up the field, it 
depends on whether your own forwards are 
sprinting back to help you, as they most cer- 
tainly should be. If they are, it is usually 
safer to fall back with the opposing forwards, 
and not be drawn. It is one of those cases 
where experience tells. The man who is a 
sound judge of the game will seldom go 

A half must be on the outlook to receive a 


pass back again from his forwards. Some for- 
wards I know seem to forget that this is a way 
out of a difficulty, and will not pass back under 
any circumstances. This is a great mistake ; 
for just as a half when he is in a tight corner 
often passes back to his full back, so a forward 
when he is in a similar position should make 
use of his half. Great care must be taken, 
however, not to overdo this passing back ; for, 
after all, the main object is to get the ball 
through the goal, and much time is often 
wasted in triangular passing in mid-field with- 
out making any ground. This may be very 
pretty to look at, but it is often simply waste 
of time from a goal-getting point of view. 


This is most useful, and quite invaluable in 
getting the ball from a goal kick. This, again, 
comes quite naturally to some, but it is astonish- 
ing how one can improve by a little practice. 
Try and see how long you could keep the ball 
up with another man by heading it backward 
and forward to each other. It is quite good 
fun, and yod will find that your powers in this 
direction soon increase. 



A centre half gets many good opportunities 
for a shot at goal ; a wing half fewer, but still 
quite enough to make it well worth while 
practising this part of the game. Learn to 
take the ball as it comes with either foot 
Don't steady it, for there is generally no time 
to do so in a match. Probably there is only 
a fraction of a second when you have an open- 
ing, and you must nip in and take it then and 
there, or lose your chance. 

Use the instep in shooting, and time it like 
a half volley at cricket, getting well over the 
ball so as to keep it low. 

Corner Kicking 

I think it is better for the wing forward to 
take the corners, for sqme of the most dan- 
gerous rushes occur when the field is clear 
just after a corner kick. 

It is safer, therefore, for the halves to be 
ready, and not too far forward. 

If, however, the half does take the corner 
kicks, he must make sure of getting the ball 
in front of goal. 


Don't try and cut it too fine and put the ball 
behind. It is very annoying to find corner 
after corner wasted. Much, again, can be 
done by practice. 


Some time ago in one of the magazines there 
was a diagram of a football field, on which were 
traced in fine lines the wanderings of a half in 
a particular match, and the distance he covered 
during the game was calculated to be about 
eight miles. 

The same thing was done for a forward and 
a full back, these distances being about six and 
three miles respectively. 

This alone shows that to play half well you 
must be fit and in thorough training. The 
centre half is undoubtedly the hardest worked 
man on the field. He is the pivot on which 
the whole side turns. Nothing is more disas- 
trous than having a weak man in this position, 
while a really capable player here is one of the 
chief factors in the formation of a good side. 
There is very little breathing space, for you 
must be up with the forwards in attack, and 
the next minute back defending your own goal. 


It is unpleasant, both mentally and physically, 
to find that you are letting your side down 
through inability to last to the end of a hard- 
fought game ; therefore, for your own peace of 
mind, as well as for your own personal comfort, 
take care to be in good hard training. 

By M. Morgan-Owen 

No one will deny that the strength of any 
football team depends mainly on its half-back 
line. No matter how strong the forwards are, 
they can do little unless opportunities are 
given them; while, however skilful the two 
backs may be, they will stand no chance of 
successfully keeping out the attack if their 
half-backs are weak. Half-backs, then, are 
both offensive and defensive players, who can 
seldom do too much work. They must be 
able to head well, and so save that portion of 
a second which is often so important ; they 
must be ready to act as extra forwards or 
extra backs as the play fluctuates ; and, above 
all, must make openings for their forwards by 
drawing the defence and passing accurately. 


As it is the getting of goals that wins 
matches, and as a strong attack constitutes 
a strong defence, the offensive work of a half- 
back will be first dealt with. 

One often finds a good team unable to beat 
an inferior team because the latter defend so 
stubbornly and pack their goal so closely. It 
is then that the half-back may in particular 
do good work. It. is his duty to open out 
the game, particularly by making use of his 
wing forwards, and to avoid concentration of 
attack by excess of the inside game. 

Passing should always be done in such a 
way as will be most convenient for the for- 
ward to take. It should be made along the 
ground, and a little ahead of the player who 
is to receive it, so that he may take it on the 
run and lose no time in getting away. The 
half-back has to take in the position of the 
field instinctively, in order to gain every ad- 
vantage of his opponents' weakness, and he 
must keep his eye on the ball and send it on 
smartly and suddenly to take the defence by 
surprise. The half-back should never show 
his hand, or give any inkling of what he 
intends to do. In making a pass with the 


head, he must try and put sufficient, and no 
more, pace on the ball for it to just reach the 
forward easily. 

Care must also be taken not to pass to a 
forward who is marked, and obviously has no 
chance of doing anything with the ball. Too 
many wing halves seem to forget that there 
is more than the one forward wing in front 
of them, while, on the other hand, they are 
often content to defend against their one out- 
side man, and never trouble about the other 
opposing forwards. 

Coming to the defensive tactics to be pur- 
sued, speaking generally, there are two ways 
of portioning out the defence. The first is 
for the wing halves to mark the outside for- 
wards, the backs the inside forwards, and the 
centre half the centre forward. It is the 
centre half's duty to threaten or tackle, if 
possible, any inside forward with the ball, 
while the backs lie at hand to intercept any 
pass. This is the Corinthian plan of cam- 
paign, and, with the backs lying well up and 
in close touch with the halves, has seemed to 
answer well. The other arrangement is for the 
three halves to mark the three inside forwards, 


with the full backs lying midway between the 
inside and outside men, and ready to " go for " 
the outside whenever an occasion arises. 

The Liverpool team have certainly made 
use of this scheme for some years, and have, 
too, upset strong Corinthian lines of forwards 
by the unusual plan of defence. 

Still, whatever mode of campaign is em- 
ployed, the half-back individually has several 
things to think of in defending his side. 

He must tackle strongly and firmly. A 
very good way of tackling is to get the foot 
well behind the ball, and then put as much 
weight as possible on the leg in use — in short, 
"plant oneself." 

It is often very difficult to know exactly 
when to tackle, and great judgment must be 
used therefore. One should never rush in 
blindly ; it is generally better, if the opponent 
is already in possession of the ball, to play a 
waiting game till he gives an opportunity to 
dash in, and then do so in no half-hearted 
manner. It will generally be found best to 
always play "on the ball" when tackling, but 
on one's quickness in making the move de- 
pends the entire success of the tackle. It can 


be seen from the above remarks that it is 
essential for the halves and forwards to have 
a good understanding among themselves, and 
no less so must combination exist among the 
back division. Just as a forward will be often 
called upon to do, a half-back, when hard 
pressed or unable to clear, can often simplify 
his position by passing back to another half or 
a back more favourably placed than himself. 
It is a matter of tactics, and will very often 
prove a saving of useless and ineffective energy. 

Half-backs can very often, by combining 
among themselves, take the ball well up the 
field before giving it to a forward. Profes- 
sionals do this a great deal, but very often 
sacrifice quick effective play to excess of com- 
bination, which gives their opponents time to 
get back and recover their position. Like 
other players, half-backs must, though they 
have more licence when playing on the ball, 
keep their places, and not leave too great a 
space between themselves and the opponents 
they have especially to mark. 

It is absolutely essential for a half-back, and 
particularly a centre half, to be able to head 
well, as a means not only of passing, but also 


of getting the ball out of danger as soon as 
possible. Too much importance cannot be 
attached to this part of his duties. 

One of the most heartrending things for a 
half-back to see is the opposing forwards 
bringing the ball down untackled by the 
inside forwards. He has, under these cir- 
cumstances, to go forward with very little 
chance of success, for they have only to pass 
to their neighbour to avoid him. 

It is undoubtedly a good thing for a half- 
back to play forward sometimes. It enables 
him to appreciate his many difficulties, and 
to discover for himself what sort of passes 
should be made under various circumstances. 

Finally, to be successful, a half-back must 
always be cool and collected, and the possessor 
of great patience and endurance. 

By G. O. Smith 

The two great essentials of forward play 
are speed and trickiness. The physical 
strength of a back may enable him to dispense 
with any great need for dribbling powers, 


for his duty is more to stem the tide of attack, 
and his efforts at dribbling would not meet 
with any whole-hearted approval from the rest 
of his side ; but the forward has a constructive 
more than a destructive work to perform — 
he has to build up, while the back is chiefly 
concerned with knocking down, and as the 
best way to defend is to attack, the forward 
is called upon to play a most important as 
well as a most interesting part in the field 
of football. 

Perhaps it may be as well to deal with the 
forwards severally, taking the outside men first. 

The wing man must above all be fast, as 
it is his duty to take the ball down the field 
at full speed; and for this reason he should 
always lie well up the field, taking care not 
to be offside. And yet he must be able to 
pass well enough to indulge in a combined 
effort with his nearest neighbour. 

It is always well for him to keep close 
to the touch-line, because he thereby widens 
the field which the opposing backs have to 
defend, and he has, moreover, a great tempta- 
tion to resist. An outside forward must, if 
possible, deny himself the pleasure of passing 


the last back and rushing to the goal-line 
before he centres. For he must remember 
that that last twenty yards gives the opposing 
defence time to get back, while, being himself 
so close to the goal-line, he will most probably 
have to centre back while going at full speed, 
a most difficult feat to perform accurately. It 
is best, then, to centre just before being tackled 
by the last back, and to make the pass along 
the ground if possible. 

The two inside forwards need not be so 
fast as the outsides, but they must be exceed- 
ingly accurate in their passing. They are 
the connecting links between the centre and 
outsides, and in consequence they must be 
always ready to sacrifice any individual bril- 
liance to good combination. Their first duty 
is to pass to the outsides or centre, but they 
must not forget that a quick pass to the 
opposite wing has often far-reaching results. 

Last, not least, comes the centre forward. 
His is a most difficult as well as a most re- 
sponsible post Surrounded as he is on every 
side by foes, he has many duties to perform. 
He must keep his forwards together, feed his 
wings, and make openings for shots at goal 


for his two inside men, whilst he must himself 
be able to make the most of any opening 
which presents itself. He should, therefore, 
be a good shot at goal, and above all a most 
accurate passer, and while worrying the de- 
fence by short, sharp passes to his insides, 
be ever on the alert to send the ball to the 
outside men whenever he sees they are free 
to make a sheer sprint down the wing. The 
position of centre forward offers great scope 
for individual brilliancy. He must so balance 
himself as to be able to turn sharply in any 
direction, while at the same time concealing 
his intentions from his opponents. By rushing 
off to one side he is often able to draw off 
the defence to that wing, and then, by a sharp 
turn, he can send the ball to the unmarked 
wing before the opposing backs have divined 
his strategy. But a centre forward must be 
careful not to dribble too much, and no centre 
forward can adequately fulfil his position unless 
he is a good shot at goal. It often pays the 
centre forward to hang back a little in front 
of goal. The insides can then divert the 
attention of the backs, and by passing sharply 
back, give him a free shot at goal. 


To take the forwards collectively, the most 
important fact for each to remember is that 
he is a part of a wt\ole. Individualism must 
be sacrificed to combination, and any tendency 
towards selfish play must be suppressed. 
" Union is strength " is not a bad motto for 
forward play. 

Again, a forward, besides passing accurately 
to his companions, must always put himself 
into a position to receive a pass, as he thus 
makes the game easier for the other forwards. 
And with the same object in view he must 
always be ready to keep off an opposing 

In the third place, a forward should pass 
along the ground wherever possible, for other- 
wise light-weight players are always at a dis- 
advantage, and the work of the back division 
is much easier when the ball is in the air. 

As regards shooting, it is always best to 
shoot with the instep, and not the toe, as by 
this means more control is gained over the 
direction and strength of the shot. The best 
shot is a low cross-shot into the corner of 
the goal, which yrill always £est a goal-keeper's 


On hard grounds, when the ball is light 
and dry, forwards should not shoot unless 
they have a fair chance of scoring, but on 
wet grounds it is a good rule to shoot when- 
ever possible. 

By S. S. Harris 

It seems almost superfluous to attempt to 
write anything new on the above title, so often 
has it been treated before ; yet different players 
have different theories, and it is a subject of 
such interest to followers of football, that in 
spite of everything it is not a very difficult 
matter to compass. There are, I think, three 
distinct types of forward play. There is the 
three-inside game, the wing game, and, lastly, 
the open game all along the line. The first 
of these styles is one in which the three insides 
make the most of the play, and keep the out- 
side merely as something to make use of in 
case of emergency. The effect of this method 
when well played is very pretty and most 
efficacious. It is a case of through-passing ; 
one or other of the insides draws the backs, 



slips the ball through between them, and his 
partner, on the alert for the pass, goes straight 
past the unsuspecting back and is left with an 
open goal. It is a game of waiting for oppor- 
tunities given you by your fellow, and, in turn, 
working for a position to give him a chance of 
beating the backs. Theoretically one succeeds 
every time, but there is a distinct risk attached 
to it, and that is the danger of overdoing 
matters. The result of this is that the three 
insides crowd on one another, and the attack 
is then easily broken up by the opposing 
defence. I propose to give an example of 
this later on. The second method of play, 
the wing game, is when most of the combina- 
tion is done by the two wings with a view 
to getting the ball down the field ; then at 
the last minute the outside either centres well 
across or pushes the ball back to his partner, 
who is waiting in position for a shot in front 
of goal. This is a first-rate method of attack 
if the centre forward is an individualist and a 
good shot ; but here, again, the opposing defence 
will in time grasp the idea, and then the back 
and two halves will usually be able to frustrate 
it. In my opinion the most effective method 


of all is the last — the open game — as played 
by the Corinthians in Cobbolds time. The 
Corinthian forwards of the present day have 
gained a great reputation for inside play. 
Personally, I am convinced that our best dis- 
plays have been when we have kept the game 
open; generally speaking, during the past 
year we have not shown the scoring capacity 
of two years ago, and on many occasions the 
forward play has been disappointing. This, to 
my mind, is because we stuck too exclusively 
to the inside game, became crowded and 
hustled by the defence, and consequently soon 
fell to pieces ; then, in order to try and remedy 
matters, some of us went to the other extreme 
and did a great deal too much wing play. The 
"open game" is when each forward is at 
about twelve or fifteen yards from his partner, 
and when all take an equal share in the game. 
The ball is transferred from one to the other 
from a fair distance, and the forwards are thus 
always further removed from the opponent. 
I am quite sure that in the best performances 
of the Corinthians the chief thing about the 
forward play was the way in which the whole 
line moved in perfect harmony down the field, 


with the ball often starting at the outside right, 
and going from man to man right across to 
the outside left without an opponent touching 
it. The defence in such circumstances is 
well-nigh helpless. When we beat Bury, for 
instance, by 10-3, and Manchester United by 
1 1-3, their backs and half-backs simply did 
not know where to look; time after time we 
were left with an open goal, and yet Man- 
chester had at that period one of the best 
defences in the kingdom. It is a fatal thing 
for a line of forwards to become cramped, and 
one always has that danger in the two first- 
mentioned methods ; in the last, one brings 
in both the three-inside and the wing theory, 
and there is no risk of becoming crowded, 
therefore I think we may decide on the game 
as played by Cobbold and his contemporaries 
as the ideal style. 

One other point may be mentioned, which, 
though simple, is yet often disregarded, and 
that is the great importance of keeping the 
ball on the ground. Professionals spoirtheir 
play by lifting the ball, but it has always been 
a characteristic of the Corinthians that they 
keep it down. The advantage is obvious ; one 


takes the pass on the run without needing to 
stop and. steady the ball. Let the Corinthians 
always take up a good free game, and I think 
we shall not see any forward line in England 
to compare with them. 

By B. O. Corbett 

Speed is essential above everything for a 
good outside player. He may have a good 
control of the ball, be an excellent dribbler 
and shot at goal, but if he does not possess 
the requisite amount of speed he can never 
attain to any real success. 

It will be well to consider in what an out- 
side's duties consist. He is required, in the 
first place, to take the ball down the field and 
to centre to his inside men. The first part of 
this duty is often easy enough, but the difficulty 
begins, so to speak, at the end. It is the 
getting rid of the ball at the end of a run 
which decides the usefulness or otherwise of 
the effort. To put a successful finish on a run, 
an outside must aim, then, at getting the ball 
to a player in the best position to shoot at 


goal, or, looking further ahead, to one who can 
give a chance of shooting to a player in the 
best position. In order to do this he must 
remember to make his centre before the last 
back is passed. He must forego the satisfac- 
tion of dribbling right up to the goal-line, for 
this will only make his centre a more diffi- 
cult feat to perform, since he will be then 
passing directly backwards while going at full 

An outside must always lie as far up the field 
as possible without being off-side, and close 
to the touch-line. Just as in a ioo yards 
race it is the start which makes all the differ- 
ence, so if he can gain a yard to begin with 
he should have little difficulty in getting down 
the field. The most satisfactory pass for him 
to receive is generally one sent well forward 
and coming from the centre or inside of the 
opposite wing ; for then, supposing he is lying 
well up, he has a chance of a sheer sprint, 
getting off the mark while his half is turning 
to reach the ball. 

An outside should also be accurate in his 
passes, for the majority of passes will generally 
come to him from close quarters, and he can 


often make a clear opening for himself by using 
his inside man. 

Many outsides make the great mistake of 
playing only to their inside, and even passing 
only to him when far enough up to centre. 
This plan may succeed for a time, but it is so 
easily frustrated that it cannot be considered a 
good method of attack. The soundest idea is 
to use your inside man chiefly as a means to 
gaining a clear run for yourself, and then, as a 
general rule, to middle along the ground to the 
centre forward or inside of the opposite wing. 

As the wing man will often find himself at 
the end of a run well ahead of the rest of his 
forwards, he must be careful to make his pass 
back to them. This is not an easy thing to do 
accurately while going at full speed, but it will 
generally prove very effective, since it is always 
easier for a forward to take a pass coming 
directly to him, and consequently more difficult 
for the opposing backs to reach a ball rolling 
away from them. 

Strictly speaking, a wing forward is not often 
called upon to shoot at goal, since he would 
generally have to do so from a very difficult 
angle ; but opportunities do arise, and he should 


therefore fit himself by constant practice to 
make the most of his chances. 

Perhaps it is in the matter of shooting that 
an outside player's unselfishness is most tested. 
He has, perhaps, taken the ball the length of 
the field, and is converging on the goal-keeper, 
whom alone he has to pass to score his goal ; 
but he has to shoot at an angle, and unless he 
can be perfectly sure of guiding the ball through 
the small opening offered him, which he gener- 
ally cannot, he must deny himself by passing to 
one of his other forwards, who, under the cir- 
cumstances, should be well placed for scoring. 

One so often hears of a wing man being 
starved by his forwards, and having little or 
nothing to do throughout the game. To the 
casual observer this may not appear to be the 
player's own fault, but it very often is so. He 
is, supposing he has a good half-back against 
him, a very difficult man to pass to, since his 
sphere of action is limited by the touch-line. 
He must therefore be always placing himself 
in a position to receive the ball, and, like a 
good chess-player, must anticipate several 
moves ahead. In fact, he should imagine 
every player is going to pass to him, and 


manoeuvre to always allow for a clear opening 
between himself and the ball. If he does this 
he will be helping to work the machine, and 
I doubt if he will often find too few passes 
coming his way. 

A wing player, too, must always be on the 
alert at a kick-off from goal, for he may often 
find his goal-keeper able to give him a direct 
pass. From a throw-in from touch he has not 
many chances of getting away, for his space is 
limited, and he is, moreover, closely marked 
by the half-back. The best thing for him to 
do will generally be to get the ball to the centre 
or inside, either direct or by passing back to 
his own half. 

Lastly, it is always an advantage for the out- 
side to take the corner-kicks. Should he not 
do so, however, he must remember to drop back 
to cover the position of his half. 




Nov. i 


8 . . 


6 . . 


26 . . 


18 . . 


7 • • 


14 . . 


7 • • 


10 . . 


14 . . 

Easter Tour ■ 

At Lambeth, v. St. Thomas' Hospital. Won, 

At Brighton, v. The College. Lost, 1-3. 
At Chatham, v. Royal Engineers. Won, 

At Upton, v. Old Brightonians. Lost, 1-6. 
At Upton, v. Upton Park. Won, 7-0. 
At Upton, v. United Hospitals. Lost, 4-5. 
At Oxford, v. The University. Won, 2-1. 
At Westminste r, v. The School. Won, 

At Reigate, v. Reigate Priory, Won, 2-1. 
At Godalming, v. Charterhouse. Lost, 0-3. 
r At Accrington, v. Accrington. Lost, 3-4. 
At Church, v. Church. Won, 2-0. 
At Bootle, v. Bootle. Won, 2-0. 
.At Stoke, v. Stoke, Lost, 4-5. 


Nov. 13 . .At Cambridge, v. The University. Won, 

Jan. 24 . .At Upton, v. Sheffield. Won, 5-4. 

Mar. 14 . . At Godalming, v. Charterhouse. Won, 2-1. 



At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Rovers. Won, 8-1. 

At Darwen, v. Darwen. Lost, 1-2. 

At Blackburn, v. Olympic. Drawn, 4—4. 

At Sheffield, v. Sheffield. Won, 2-1. 

At Bolton, v. Bolton Wanderers. Lost, 0-7. 

At Preston, v. Preston North End. Lost, 1-3. 

At Nottingham, v. Notts Club. Lost, 2-3. 

At Oval, v. Preston North End. Won, 3-2. 

At Preston, v. Preston North End. Won, 1-0. 

At Derby, v. Derby County. Drawn, 3-3. 

At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Rovers. Won, 2-1. 

At Blackpool, 1/. Blackpool. Won, 2-1. 

At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 0-1. 


7 • 


18 . 


28 . 


3 • 


16 . 


17 • 


19 • 


21 . 


22 . 


23 • 






4 • 

Feb. 13 


At Oval, v. Bolton Wanderers. Lost, 0-2. 
At Cambridge, v. Cambridge University. 

Won, 1-0. 
At Oval, v. Preston North End. Lost, 1-3. 
At Oxford, v. Oxford University. Lost, 1-2. 
At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Rovers. Won, 

At Accrington, v. Accrington. Lost, 0-2. 
At Preston, v. Preston North End. Lost, 

At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Olympic. Won, 

At Burnley, v. Burnley. Lost, 2-3. 
At Stoke, v. Stoke. Won, 1-0. 
At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Drawn, 2-2. 
At Edinburgh, v. Hibernians. Won, 7-3. 
At Newcastle, v. Newcastle and District. 

Won, 8-2. 
At Oval, v. Stoke. Won, 5-0. 


Mar. 6 . . At Oval, v. Notts. Won, 7-0. 

April 8 . . At Nottingham, v. Queen's Park. Won, 

April 10 . .At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Won, 3-1. 

April 17 . .At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 0-1. 

April 19 . .At Middlesborough, v. Cleveland and Dis- 
trict. Won, 3-0. 


Nov. 6 . . At Oval, v. Derby County. Won, 3-2. 
Dec. n . .At Preston, v. North End. Lost, 0-2. 
Dec. 13 . .At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Rovers. Won, 

Dec. 15. .At Derby, v. Derby County. Won, 5-0. 
Dec. 16 . .At Nottingham, v. Notts County. Drawn, 

Dec. 18 . .At Liverpool, v. Everton. Won, 4-2. 
Jan. 1 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Won, 3-1. 
Jan. 3 . . At Newcastle, v. Newcastle and District. 

Won, 5-0. 
Jan. 4 . . At Bishop Auckland, v. Church Institute. 

Won, 4-0. 
Jan. s . . At Middlesborough, v. Middlesborough. 

Drawn, 1-1. 
Feb. 9 . . At Oval, v. Cambridge University. Won, 

Feb. 12 . .At Oval, v. Queen's Park. Won, 2-0. 
Feb. 14 . .At Oval, v. Oxford University. Won, 3-0. 
Mar. 5 . . At Oval, v. Preston North End. Drawn, 

April 11. .At Preston, v. North End. Lost, 1-3. 
April 12 . .At Derby, v. Derby County. Lost, 1-2. 

(Corinthians played ten men only.) 
April 13 . .At Lincoln, v. Lincoln City. Won, 5-0. 
April 14 . .At Nottingham, v. Combined Notts XI. 

Drawn, 2-2. 
April 16 . .At Stoke, v. Stoke. Drawn, 1-1. 



Nov. 9 . . At Queen's Club, v. Oxford University. 

Won, 4-2. 
Nov. 17 . . At Nottingham, v. Notts Forest Lost, 1-2. 
Nov. 19 . .At London, v. Blackburn Rovers. Won, 

Nov. 23 . .At Cambridge, v. Cambridge University. 

Won, 2—1. 
Dec. 17 . .At Preston, v. North End. Lost, 1-2. 
Dec. 19 . .At Burnley, v. Burnley. Lost, 1-4. 
Dec. 21. .At Leek, v. Leek. Lost, 2-4. 
Dec. 22 . .At Nottingham, v. Notts Club. Won, 4-1. 
Dec. 24 . .At Stoke, v. Stoke. Won, 3-0. 
Dec 31 . . At Durham, v. Durham County. Won, 4-2. 
Jan. 2 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 1-4. 
Jan. 4 . . At Newcastle, 9. Newcastle and District 

Won, 3-1. 
Jan. 5 . . At Bishop Auckland, v. Church Institute. 

Won, 7-2. 
Jan. 28 . . At London, v. Burnley. Drawn, 2-2. 
Feb. 1 . . At Oxford, v. Oxford University. Lost, 2-4. 
Feb. 11. .At London, 9. Preston North End. Lost, 

Mar. jo . .At London, v. Oxford and Cambridge. 

Won, 4-2. 
Mar. 31 , .At Birmingham, v* Aston Villa. Lost, 2-5. 
April 2 . . At Preston, v. North End. Lost, 1-7. 
April 3 . . At Blackburn, v. Blackburn Rovers. Lost, 

April 4 . . At Everton, p. Ever ton. Won, 3-1. 


Nov. 14 . . At Oxford, v. Oxford University. Won, 3-1. 
Nov. 21 . .At Cambridge, v. Cambridge University. 
Lost, 2-4. 


Nov. 24 
Dec. 22 
Dec 29 

Dec. 31 

Jan. 1 
Jan. 2 

Jan. 3 
Jan. 4 


Jan. 26 
Jan. 26 

Jan. 30 
Feb, 6 

Feb. 16 
Mar. 9 
Mar. 23 
April 20 

April 22 

. At Oval, v. Sheffield. Won, 3-2. 

. At Bristol, v. Gloucestershire. Won, 10-0, 

. At Newton Heath, v. Newton Heath. Won, 

. At Darlington, t>. Durham County. Lost, 

. At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 2-3. 
. At Newcastle, v. Newcastle and District. 

Won, 5-2. 
. At Glasgow, v. Celtic Lost, 2-6. 
. At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 5-0. 
. At Sunderland, v. Sunderland. Drawn, 2-2. 
. At Preston, v. Preston North End. Lost, 

. At Oval, v. Notts Forest Won, 2-1. 
. At Leyton, p. Preston North End. Lost, 

. At Oval, v. Oxford University. Won, 8-5. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Cambridge University. 

Lost, 3-8. 
. At Oval, v. Celtic Won, 3-1. 
. At Oval, v. Preston North End. Won, 2-0. 
. At Oval, v. 3rd Lanark, Lost, 1-3. 
. At Newcastle, v. Newcastle and District. 

Lost, 2-4. 
. At Glasgow, v. 3rd Lanark. Lost, 0-5. 


Nov. 16 . .At Oval, v. Sheffield. Won, 4-1. 

Nov. 18 . . At Richmond, v* Preston North End. Won, 

Dec. 28 . .At Preston, t>. North End. Lost, 1-2. 
Dec 28 . .At Southport, t>. Central. Won, 6-0. 
Dec 30 . .At Sunderland, v. Durham County. Lost, 



Newcastle and District. 

Dec 31 . .At Stirling, v. King's Park. Won, 6-1. 
Jan. 1 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Part Won, 4—1 . 
Jan. 2 . . At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Drawn, 

Jan. 3 . . At Kirkcaldy, v. Kirkcaldy and District. 

Won, 5-3. 
Jan. 4 . . At Newcastle, v. 

Won, 7-1. 
Jan. 6 . . At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Won, 3-1. 
Feb. 8 . . At Oval, v. St Bernard's. Won, 2-0. 
Feb. 12 . .At Queen's Club, v. Cambridge University. 

Lost, 4-5. 
Feb. 22 . .At Oval, v. 3rd Lanark. Lost, 0—2. 
Mar. 8 . , At Richmond, v. Preston North End. 

Lost, o— 1. 
Mar. 22 . .At Oval, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 1-3. 
April 7 . . At Glasgow, v. 3rd Lanark. Lost, 0-3. 
April 8 . . At Newcastle, v. West End. Won, 3-1. 
April 9 . . At Middlesborough, v. Middlesborough. 

Won, 3-1. 

Nov. 8 
Nov. 15 

Dec. 26 
Dec. 27 
Dec. 27 
Dec. 31 
Jan. 1 
Jan. 2 

Jan. 3 
Jan. s 
Jan. 24 
Feb. 14 


At Oval, v. Sheffield. Won, 8-0. 

At Oval, v. Cambridge University. Lost, 

At Birmingham, v. St. George's. Lost, 3—4. 
At Preston, v. North End. Drawn, 1-1. 
At Belfast, v. Linfield Athletic. Lost, 3—5. 
At Stirling, v. King's Park. Won, 3-2. 
At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 1-3. 
At Kirkcaldy, v. Kirkcaldy and District. 

Won, 4-1. 
At Newcastle, v. West End. Won, 4-1. 
At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Won, 3-2. 
At Oval, v. Everton. Lost, 1-3. 
At Oval, v. Queen's Park, Lost, o-i t 


Feb. 21 . .At Oral, v. Notts County. Won, 2-1. 
Mar. 2 . . At Richmond, v. Preston North End. Lost, 

Mar. 28 . .At Liverpool, a. Everton. Lost, 0-3. 
Mar. 30 . .At Sunderland, p. Sunderland. Lost, 0-1. 
Mar. 31 . .At Newcastle, v. West End. Lost, 4-8. 
April 1 . . At Middlesborough, v. Middlesborough. 

Drawn, 1-1. 
April 2 . . At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 3-8. 


At Oval, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 5-3. 
At Oval, v. The Army. Won, 7-2. 
At Belfast, v. Linfield Athletic. Won, 5-4. 
At Belfast, v. Ulster. Won, 6-1. 
At Stirling, v. Stirling. Lost, 2-3. 
At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Won, 5-3. 
At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 
. 1-2. 
At Kirkcaldy, ». Kirkcaldy and District. 

Lost, 2-4. 
At Queen's Club, ». Oxford University. 

Lost, 0-1. 
At Oval, v. West Bromwich Albion. 

Drawn, 4-4. 
At Norwich, v. Norfolk. Won, 7-1. 
At Queen's Club, v. Preston North End. 

Won 4-0. 
At Queen's Club, v. Barbarians. Won, 6-0. 
At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 

At Queen's Club, v. Renton. Won, 8-1. 
At Southampton, 0. Hampshire. Won, 



































Nov. s . . At Oval, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 5-2. 

Nov. 12 . . At Oval, v. Sunderland. Won, 4-2. 

Dec. 24 . .At Oval, #. Army. Won, 4-3. 

Dec. 30 . .At Scarborough, v. Scarborough and Dis- 
trict. Won, 11-0. 

Dec. 31 . .At Newcastle, v. Newcastle United. Lost, 

Dec 31 . .At Bolton, v. Bolton Wanderers. Lost, 

Jan. 2 . . At Glasgow, p. Queen's Park. Won, 2-1. 

Jan. 3 . . At Kirkcaldy, v. Kirkcaldy and District. 
Won, 6-2. 

Jan. 4 . . At Edinburgh, p. St. Bernard's. Drawn, 

Jan. 5 . . At Stirling, v. Stirling. Drawn, 4-4. 

Jan. 7 . . At Middlesborough, v % Middlesborough. 
Lost, 0-4. 

Feb. 18 . .At Oval, v. West Bromwich Albion. Lost, 

Mar. 11 . .At Oval, u. Aston Villa. Lost, 2-7. 
Mar. 30 . .At Richmond, v. Middlesborough. Won, 

April 1 . . At Birmingham, t>. Aston Villa. Lost, 2-5. 
April 3 . . At Liverpool, ». Liverpool. Lost, 0-2. 
April 4 . . At Derby, v. Derby County. Drawn, 3-3. 
April s . . At Southampton, v. Hampshire. Won, 

April 6 . . At Dorchester, v. Dorset. Won, 10-0. 
April 8 . . At Bournemouth, v. Bournemouth. Won, 

t R 

April 22, . At Richmond, v. Queen's Park. Won, 



. At Leyton, p. Army. Won, 11-0. 

. At Leyton, 0. St. Bernard's. Lost, 2-3. 

. At Norwich, 0. Norfolk. Won, 8-2. 

. At Leyton, v. Bolton Wanderers. Won, 2-1. 

. At Nottingham, v. Notts County. Lost, 1-4. 

. At Liverpool, v. Liverpool. Lost, 0-2. 

. At Leicester, v» Leicester Fosse. Won, 1*0. 

. At Mansfield, p. Mansfield and District. 

Won, 6-0. 
. At Burnley, v* Burnley. Won, 2-0. 
. At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Drawn, x-i. 
. At Edinburgh, p. St. Bernard's. Lost, 0-4. 
. At Falkirk, p. East Stirling. Won, 4-2. 
. At Stirling, v. Stirling. Won, 2-1. 
. At Belfast, v. Linfield. Lost, 2-3. 
. At Leyton, 0. Aston Villa. Lost, 4-6. 
. At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Won, 3-2. 
. At Queen's Club, a. West Bromwich Albion. 

Won, s-2. 
Feb. 24 . .At Queen's Club, p. Wolverhampton 

Wanderers. Lost, 2-7. 
Mar. 10 . .At Queen's Club, #. Queen's Park. Drawn, 

. At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Lost, 

, At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield United. 

Won, 4-1. 
. At Sunderland, v. Sunderland. Lost, 1-3. 
. At Derby, v. Derby County. Won, 5-3. 
. At Bristol, 0. Gloucestershire. Won, 5-1. 
. At Clevedon, v. Somersetshire. Won 7-1. 
. At Dorchester, v. Dorsetshire. Lost, 1-2. 
. At Bournemouth, v* Hampshire. Won, 


April 25. . At Leyton, v. Woolwich Arsenal. Won, 3-2. 










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Oct. 20 
Nov. 10 

Nov. 17 
Dec 1 
Dec. 15 
Dec. 26 
Dec. 27 
Dec. 28 
Dec. 29 
Dec. 31 
Jan. 1 
Jan. 2 

Jan. 3 
Jan. 4 
Feb. 9 
Feb. 23 
Mar. 9 
Mar. 16 
Mar. 23 
April 11 
April 13 
April 15 
April 16 


At Oval, v. Army. Won, 8-1. 

At Leyton, r. Bolton Wanderers. Won, 

At Oval, v. Notts County. Drawn, 3-3. 
At Leyton, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 2-1. 
At Oval, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 3-5. 
At Leicester, v. Fosse. Won, 2-1. 
At Sheffield, v. United. Won, 7-3. 
At Mansfield, v. Mansfield. Won, 1-0. 
At Dundee, v. Dundee. Won, 6-3. 
At Aberdeen, v. Aberdeen. Drawn, 2-2. 
At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Won, 3-2. 
At Edinburgh, t>. St. Bernard's. Drawn, 

At Stirling, v. King's Park. Won, 8-0. 
At Falkirk, v. East Stirling. Lost, 3-5. 
At Oval, v. Derby County. Won, 3-2. 
At Leyton, v. Liverpool. Won, 5-2. 
At Oval, v. Queen's Park. Won, 4-0. 
At Leyton, p. Stolce. Drawn, 2-2. 
At Leyton, 0. Sheffield United. Lost, 1-2. 
At Leyton, v. Battlefield. Won, 2-0. 
At Liverpool, v. Liverpool. Drawn, 2-2. 
At Derby, v. Derby County. Lost, 0-4. 
At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 4-5. 

Oct. 19 
Oct. 26 

Nov. 2 

At Queen's Club, v. The Army. 



. At Queen's Club, v. Middlesborough. 

Drawn, 3-3. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Notts Forest. Lost, 



Nov. 7 



























Mar. 7 

Mar. 14 

Mar. 21 

Mar. 28 
April 4 
April 6 
April 9 
April 11 

. At London, v. Cambridge Past and Present. 

Won, 3-2. 
. At Queen's Club, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 2-0. 
. At Queen's Club, 0. Sunderland. Won, 3-1. 
. At Leicester, v. Fosse. Won, 2-1. 
. At Sheffield, v. United. Lost, 0-1. 
. At Sunderland, v. Sunderland. Drawn, 

. At Middlesborough, v. Middlesborough. 

Won, 7-1. 
. At Falkirk, t>. East Stirling. Lost, 4-6. 
. At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Drawn, 3-3. 
. At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 1-3. 
. At Kirkcaldy, v. Kirkcaldy. Lost, 1-4. 
. At Dundee, v. Dundee. Won, 2-1. 
. At Nottingham, «>. Notts Forest. Lost, 1-5. 
. At Queen's Club, v. West Bromwich Albion. 

Won, 5-2. 
. At Queen's Club, 0. Derby County. Drawn, 

. At Queen's Club, 0. Queen's Park. Lost, 

. At Queen's Club, p. Sheffield United. 

Lost, 4-0. 
. At Queen's Club, r. Everton. Won, 2-1. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Dundee. Won, 3-1. 
. At Derby, v. Derby County. Won, 4-2. 
. At Bristol, v. Clifton. Won, 6-0. 
. At Plymouth, p. Devonshire. Won, 5-2. 


Oct. 20 . .At Queen's Club, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 

Oct. 31 . .At Queen's Club, v. The Army. Won, 



Nov. 14 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sunderland. Won, 

Nov. 28 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield United. 

Drawn, 0-0. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Aston Villa. Drawn, 

, At Queen's Club, v. Bolton Wanderers. 
Won, 4-1. 
At Leicester, v. Leicester Fosse. Drawn, 

. At Derby, 0. Derby County. Lost, 3-6. 
. At Nottingham, v. Notts County. Lost, 

, At Sheffield, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 

Drawn, 4-4. 
, At Ayr, v. Ayr Parkhouse. Won, 5-1. 
, At Glasgow, r. Queen's Park. Lost, 2-3. 
. At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 

. At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Drawn, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Celtic. Won, 4-0. 
. At Queen's Club, t>. West Bromwich Albion. 

Won, 5-1. 
. At Millwall, v. Mulwall Athletic Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Drawn, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 

Lost, 1-2. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Derby County. Drawn, 




























1 17 






July 17 . 

. v. Cape Town Civilians 

• 4 

July 20 . 

. v. Military (Cape Town 

) • 4 

July 21 . 

. v. Western Province 

. S 

July 24 . 

. v. King William's Town 

. 6 


July 28 . 

. v. Queenstown 

. 8 


July 31 . 

. v. East London . 

. 4 

Aug. 4 . 

. i/. Johannesburg . 

• 3 


Aug. 7 . 

. v. Transvaal 

• 3 


Aug. 9 . 

. v. Old Natalians . 

. 1 


Aug. 11 . 

. v. Pretoria . 

• 9 

Aug. 14 . 

. v. South Africa . 

• 3 

Aug. 16 . 

. v. Pietermaritzburg 


Aug. 18 . 

. v. Durban . 

• 3 

Aug. 19 . 

. v. South Africa • 

. 4 


Aug. 21 . 

. v. Natal 



Aug. 25 . 

. v. Orange Free State 

. 6 


Aug. 28 . 

. v. Griqualand West 

. 10 


Sept. 1 . 

. v. Cape Colony . 

. 6 

Sept. 4 . 

. v. King William's Town 

• 9 

Sept. 6 . 

. v. Grahamstown . 

. 8 

Sept. 8 . 

. v. Eastern Province 

• 3 

Sept. 11 . 

. v. Cape Colony . 

• 9 


Sept. 13 . 

. v. South Africa . 



Played, s 

83. Won, 21. Drawn, 2. 
against, 15. 


Goals for, 


Oct. 30 . 

. At Queen's Club, v. SI 

heffield Wednesday. 

Won, 2-0. 

Nov. 6 

. At Queen's Club, v. 
Won, 3-1. 




Nov. 6 . . At Bramall Lane, v. Sheffield United. 

Drawn, 2—2. 
Nov. 27 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield United. 

Won, 2-0. 
Dec 27 . .At Preston, v. Preston North End. Drawn, 

Dec 28 . .At Derby, tr. Derby County. Won, 2-1. 
Dec. 28 . . At Leicester, v. Leicester Fosse. Won, 2—1. 
Dec. 30 . .At Bradford, tr. Bradford. Won, 6-1. 
Jan. 1 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 3—5. 
Jan. 3 . . At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Drawn, 

Jan. 15 . .At Liverpool, tr. Liverpool. Won, 5-2. 
Feb. 12 . . At Queen's Club, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 

Feb. 26 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sunderland. Won, 

Mar. 5 . . At Queen's Club, v. Liverpool. Won, 3-0. 
Mar. 12 . .At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Won, 

Mar. 19 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Sheffield United 
(Sheriff of London Shield). Drawn, 

Mar. 26 . .At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Won, 

April 2 . . At Queen's Club, v. Preston North End. 

Won, 4-3. 
April 4 . . At Crystal Palace, v. Sheffield United 

(Charity Shield). Drawn, 1-1. 
April 11 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Bolton Wanderers. 

Drawn, 3-3. 
April 12 . .At Bristol, v. Bristol City. Won, 3-1. 
April 13 . .At Plymouth, v. Devonshire. Drawn, 




Nov. 10 . .At Queen's Club, v. Bristol City. Drawn, 

Nov. 23 . .At Queen's Club, u. Woolwich Arsenal. 

Won, 4-1. 
Nov. 26 . .At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 

Dec. 24 . .At Derby, v. Derby County. Lost, 1-3. 
Dec. 26 . .At Everton, v. Everton. Lost, 2-4. 
Dec. 27 . .At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Lost, 

Dec. 28 . .At Leicester, v. Leicester Fosse. Drawn, 

Dec 30 . .At Glossop,f.GlossopNorthEnd. Won, 2-1. 
Jan. 2 . , At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 1-4. 
Jan. 3 . . t Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Lost, 1-3. 
Feb. 4 . . At Queen's Club, v. Southampton. Drawn, 

Feb. n . .At Queen's Club, v. Aston Villa. Drawn, 

Feb. 18 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Everton. Lost, 0-1. 
Feb. 25 . .At Queen's Club, v. Blackburn Rovers. 

Won, s-2. 
Mar. 4 . . At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Lost, 

Mar. 15 . .At Clapton, v. Clapton. Drawn, 1-1. 
Mar. 25 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Southampton. Drawn, 

April 1 . . At Southampton, v. Southampton. Won, 

April 3 . . At Crystal Palace, v. Notts Forest. Won, 

April 4 . . At Bristol, v. Bristol City. Lost, 3-4. 
April 5 . . At Plymouth, v. Devonshire. Lost, 2-4. 
April 6 . . At Truro, v. Cornwall. Won, 4-1. 



Oct. 7 . . At Queen's Club, v. Southampton. Drawn, 

Oct. 28 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 

Drawn, 1-1. 
Nov. 4 . . At Queen's Club, v. Derby County. Lost, 

Nov. 8 . . At Crystal Palace, v. Aston Villa (Sheriff of 

London Shield). Won, 2-1. 
Nov. 18 . . At Queen's Club, w. Queen's Park. Won,*— 1. 
Nov. 25 . .At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Lost, 1-5. 
Dec. 6 . . At Queen's Club, v. Manchester City. 

Drawn, 1-1. 
Dec. 26 . .At Leicester, v. Leicester Fosse. Won, 7-1. 
Dec 27 . .At Derby, v. Derby County. Won, 3-1. 
Dec. 28 . .At Manchester, v. Manchester City. 

Drawn, 2-2. 
Dec. 29 . .At Wolverhampton, v. Wolverhampton 

Wanderers. Won, 4-3. 
Jan. 1 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Drawn, 1-1. 
Jan. 2 . . At Kirkcaldy, v. Kirkcaldy. Won, 4-0. 
Jan. 3 . . At Edinburgh, v. St. Bernard's. Won, 3-0. 
Feb. 24 . .At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Drawn, 

Mar. 10 . .At Queen's Club, v. Notts Forest. Drawn, 

Mar. 17 . .At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Lost, 1-3. 
April 14 . .At Hastings, v. Hastings. Won, 5-1. 
April 16 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Sheffield United. 

Lost, 0-4. 
April 17 . .At Bristol, v. Bristol City. Lost, 1-2. 
April 18 . .At Plymouth, tr. Devon. Won, 6-3. 
April 19 . .At Launceston, v. Cornwall. Won, 2-0. 
April 21 . .At Radstock, v. Somerset. Won, 3-1. 

Oct. 13 


Oct. 20 


Nov. 3 
Nov. 17 


Dec. 8 


Dec. 26 
Dec. 27 
Dec. 28 


Dec. 31 


Jan. 1. 


Jan. 2. 
Feb. 23 


Mar. 2 


Mar. 9 


Mar. 23 


April 6 


April 8 
April 9 


April 10 
April 11 




. At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 
Drawn, 2-2. 

. At Queen's Club, v. Wolverhampton Wan- 
derers. Won, 3-2. 

. At Queen's Club, v. Glossop. Won, 2-1. 

. At Queen's Club, t/. Southampton. Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Won, 

. At Leicester, v. Leicester Fosse. Lost, 1-2. 
. At Derby, v. Derby County. Won, 3-1. 
. At Wolverhampton, v. Wolverhampton 

Wanderers. Won, 8-3. 
. At Kirkcaldy, v. Raith Rovers. Drawn, 

1— 1. 
. At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Won, 4-1. 
. At Ayr, v. Parkhouse. Won, 2-1, 
. At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 

Lost, 1-2. 
. At Crystal Palace, 1/. Aston Villa (Sheriff of 

London Charity Shield). Lost, 0-1. 
. At Queen's Club, t>. Southampton. Lost, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Notts Forest. Won, 

. At Crystal Palace, v. Stoke. Drawn, 3-3. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Derby County. Won, 

. At Hastings, v. Hastings. Won, 12-2. 
. At Brighton, v. Sussex County. Won, 2-0. 



Oct 5 . . At Queen's Club, v. Southampton. Lost, 

Nov. 30 . .At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Lost, 1-2. 
Dec 7 . . At Queen's Club, v. Derby County. Lost, 

Dec. 14 . .At Queen's Club, tr. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Won, 3-0. 
Dec. 27 . .At Stoke, v. Stoke. Drawn, 3-3. 
Dec. 28 . .At Scarborough, i>. Scarborough. Won, 3-1. 
Dec 30 . .At Sheffield, v. Sheffield Wednesday. Won, 

Jan. 1 . . .At Glasgow, v. Queen's Part Won, 3-1. 
Jan. 2 . . .At Newcastle, v. Newcastle United. Drawn, 

Feb. 8 . . At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 

Lost, 1-4. 
Mar. 1 . . At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur 

(Sheriff of London Charity Shield). 

Lost, 2-5. 
Mar. 15 . .At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Lost, 

Mar. 29 . .At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Part Won, 

Mar. 31 . .At Queen's Club, 1/. Stoke. Lost, 1-4. 
April 1 . . At Brighton, v. Sussex County. Won, 7-1. 
April 2 . . At Hastings, v. Hastings. Drawn, 1-1. 
April 3 . . At Eastbourne, v. Eastbourne. Won, 6-0. 

Oct. 11 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sunderland. Lost, 

Oct. 25 . .At Queen's Club, v. Sheffield Wednesday. 
Drawn, i-i t 


Nov. 1 . . At Queen's Qub, v. Portsmouth. Drawn, 

Nov. 15 . .At Queen's Club, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Lost, 1-3. 
Nov. 29 . .At Queen's Qub, v. London* Won, 3-1. 
Dec. 13 . .At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Drawn, 2-2. 
Dec. 26 . .At Derby, v. Derby County. Lost, 0-6. 
Dec. 27 . .At Scarborough, v. Scarborough. Won, 

Dec. 29 . .At Sheffield, v. Sheffield Wednesday. Lost, 

Dec. 30 . .At Middlesborough, v. Middlesborough. 

Lost, 4-6. 
Jan. 1 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Won, 5-3. 
Jan. 2 . . At Sunderland, v. Sunderland. Won, 8-2. 
Jan. 5 . . At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 0-4. 
Jan. 19 . . At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 1-3. 
Jan. 31 . .At Queen's Club, v. The Army. Won, 6-1. 
Feb. 28 . .At Tottenham, v. Sunderland (Sheriff of 

London Charity Shield). Lost, 0-3. 
Mar. 14 . .At Queen's Club, v. Notts County. Lost, 

Mar. 25 . .At Queen's Club, v. Stoke. Won, 4-3. 
April 4 . . At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Won, 

April 13 . .At Eastbourne, v. Eastbourne. Won, 3-1. 
April 14 . .At Tunbridge Wells, v. Tunbridge Wells. 

Won, 1 1-2. 
April 15 . .At Brighton, v. Sussex County. Won, 7-1. 
April 16 . .At Hastings, v* Hastings. Drawn, 2-2. 


April 5 
April 7 

April 9 
April ii 
April 13 

At Budapest, v. Magyar Athletikai Club. 

Won, 12-0. 
At Vienna, v. Vienna Football Club. Won, 

At Prague, v. Spartovin Club Slavia. Won, 

At Prague, v. Spartovin Club Slavia (return). 

Won, 4-1. 
At Leipsic, v. Verein fur Bewegungsspiele. 

Won, 4-1. 


Nov. s . . At Leyton, v. Aston Villa. Lost, 0-5. 

Nov. 12 . .At Leyton, v. Portsmouth. Won, 4-1. 

Nov. 19 . .At Leyton, v. London. Won, 10-1. 

Nov. 26 . .At Leyton, v. Manchester United. Won, 

Dec. 10 . .At Leyton, p. Liverpool. Drawn, 3-3. 
Dec. 15 . .At Leyton, v. Tottenham Hotspur. Lost, 

Dec. 17 . .At Leyton, v. The Army. Won, 7-1. 
Dec 27 . .At Birmingham, v. Aston Villa. Drawn, 

Dec. 28 . .At Stoke, v. Stoke. Drawn, 1-1. 
Dec. 29 . .At Sheffield, v. Sheffield United. Won, 

Dec. 30 . .At Scarborough* v. Scarborough. Won, 

Dec. 31 . .At Stockton, v. Stockton. Won, 2-0. 
Jan. 2 . . At Glasgow, v. Queen's Park. Lost, 1-3. 
Jan. 3 . . At Newcastle, v. Newcastle United. Won, 

Jan. 14 . .At Tottenham, v. Tottenham Hotspur. 

Won, 2-0. 
Feb. 18 . .At Leyton, v. Woolwich Arsenal. Won, 



Feb. 25 . .At Leyton, p. Queen's Park. Won, 2-1. 
Mar. 4 . . At Leyton, v. Notts County. Lost, 2-5. 
Mar. 11. .At Leyton, v. Bolton Wanderers. Drawn, 

Mar. 25 . .At Leyton, v. Stoke. Lost, 2-4. 
April 24 . .At Crystal Palace, v. Sheffield Wednesday 

(Sheriff of London Shield). Lost, 1-2. 
April 25 . .At Portsmouth, v. The Navy. Drawn, 4-4. 
April 26 . . At Southampton, V.Southampton. Lost, 1-3. 
April 27 . .At Dorchester, 9. Dorset. Drawn, 4-4. 
April 28 . .At Yeovil, v. Yeovil. Won, 7-0. 
April 29 . .At Bristol, v. Bristol City. Won, 1-0. 

Oct. 18 


18 . 
9 • 
13 • 
26 . 


27 . 

28 . 


30 • 


27 . 


3 • 


24 • 


3 • 


. At Fulham, v. Woolwich Arsenal. Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Navy. Won, 8-1. 
. At Tottenham, 0. Tottenham. Lost, 1-3. 
. At Chelsea, v. Chelsea. Won, 1-0. 
. At Fulham, v. Woolwich Arsenal. Drawn, 

. At Derby v. Derby County. Won, 4-2. 
. At Liverpool, #. Northern Nomads. Won, 

. At Stockton, v. Stockton. Won, 3-1. 
. At Glasgow, v* Queen's Park. Won, 2-1. 
. At Newcastle, v. Newcastle. Won, 7-5. 
. At Leyton, v. Belgian Association. Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Oxford University. 

Won, 4-0. 
. At Queen's Club, v. Manchester City. Won, 

. At Queen's Club, v. Queen's Park. Won, 

. At Aldershot, 0. Army, Drawn, 1-1. 


Mar. 10 . .At Queen's Club, f;. Notts County. Drawn, 

Mar. 17 . .At Queen's Club, v. Northampton. Won, 

April 7 . . At Queen's Club, v. Aston Villa. Won, 

April 28 . .At Fulham, v. Liverpool (Sheriff of London 
Shield). Lost, 1-5. 

Continental Tour 

April 14 . .At Berlin, v. Germania. Won, n-o. 

April 16 . .At Hamburg, v. Victoria. Won, 12-1. 

April 18 . .At Hague, v. The Hague. Won, 5-1. 

April 19 . .At Hague, v. All Holland. Won, 2-1. 


Montreal. Won, 6-2. 

Ottawa. Won, 5-0. 

Hamilton. Won, 3-1. 

Toronto. Won, 6-0. 

Hurons, Seaforth. Drawn, 1-1. 

All Kents. Won, 5-2. 

Chicago. Won, 5-2. 

Cincinnati. Won, 19-0. 

Cleveland. Won, 8-0. 

Associated Cricket Clubs, Philadelphia. 

Won, 6-0. 

Albions, Philadelphia. Won, 9-0. 

All Philadelphia. Won, 12-0. 

Collegians, N.Y. Won, 11-1. 

All New York. Won, 18-0. 

Newark. Won, 7-1. 

Fall River. Lost, 0-3. 

Fore River. Drawn, 1-1. 

Aug. 11 

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Aug. 13 , 

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Aug. 15 . 

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Aug. 18 . 

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Aug. 21 

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Aug. 23 . 

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Aug. 25 . 

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Aug. 28 

. v. 

Aug. 29 

. v. 

Aug. 31 . 

. v. 

Sept. 1 

. r. 

Sept. 3 

. v. 

Sept. 6 

. . V. 

Sept. 9 

. . V. 

Sept. 10 

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Sept. 13 

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Sept. 14 

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I 899-1 900 







1900— I 90 I 







I 901-1902 







I 902-1903 














I 903-1 904 



















1905— 1906 







J 1 906 







Totals 548 309 84 155 1738 1010 

• South African tours. t Continental tour. 

J Canadian and American tour. 



Life Members 

Jackson, N. L. 
Bailey, N. C 
Cobbold, W. N. 
Bambridge, E. C 
Iindley, T. 
Holden-White, C 
Walters, P. M. 
Walters, A. M. 
Squire, IL T. 

Moon, W. R. 
Wreford-Brown, C 
PeUy, F. R. 
Henfrey, A. G. 
Cotterill, G. H. 
Ingram, F. M. 
Smith, G. O. 
Oakley, W. J. 

Ordinary Members 

Adams, W. G. 
Ainger, W. H. 
Alexander, C. L. 
Alexander, C. W. 
Alexander, E. B. 
Allan, D. S. 
Amos, A. 
Anderson, E. P. 
Anderson, F. J. 
Anderson, W. J. 
Arnott, W. 
Bailey, N. C. 
Bain, F. W. 
Bainbridge, H. W. 
Balfour- Melville, J. E. 
Ball, C. S. 
Bambridge, A. L. 
Bambridge, E. C. 

Bambridge, E. H. 
Barker, R. R. 
Barmby, F. J. 
Barnet, H. H. 
Barrett, H. R. 
Barwell, F. R. 
Bastard, S. R. 
Beardshaw, W. F. 
Beasley, H. O. C. 
Bence-Pembroke, R. A. 
Birch, J. G. 
Blackburn, W. 
Blaker, R. N. R. 
Blenkiron, T. W. 
Bliss, E. C. 
Booker, E. 
Borrow, W. S. 
Bosworth-Smith, B. N. 



Braithewaite, P. P. 
Brann, G. 
Bray, E. H. 

Bromley-Davenport, W. 
Brook, A. K. 
Bryant, F. H. 
Buckley, H. 
Burnside, J. W. 
Burnup, C. J. 
Buzzard, E. F. 
Campbell, C. 
Campbell, W. 
Canny, G. B. 
Cautley, F. D. 
Challen, J. B. 
Cobbold, W. N. 
Collier, H. J. 
Comber, F. W. 
Compton, E. D. 
Cook, T. W. 
Cooper, L. 
Cooper, N. C. 
Corbett, A. L. 
Corbett, B. O. 
Corbett, R. 
Cotterill, G. H. 
Coutts, J. G. 
Cox,L. L. 
Cox, S. 
Craig, J. D. 
Craig, R. D. 
Cross, F. J. K. 
Currey, E. S. 
Cursham, H. A. 
Curwen, W. J. H. 
Daft, H. B. 
Daniell, A. M. 

Darling, R. S. 
Darvell, S. 
Davies, A. O. 
Day, A. P. 
Day, S. H. 
Denton, E. B. 
Dewhurst, F. 
Dewhurst, G. P. 
Disbrowe, E. J. W. 
Dixon, J. A. 
Dobson, A. T. 
Dobson, C. F. 
Driffield, L. T. 
Dunn, A. T. B. 
Edgar, W. H. 
Escombe, R. L. 
Evans, W. H. B. 
Evelyn, E. C. 
Evelyn, W. A. 
Farrant, P. R. 
Fernie, J. F. 
Ford, F. G. J. 
Fort, C. R. 
Foster, B. S. 
Foster, G. N. 
Foster, H. K. 
Foster, R. E. 
Foster, W. L. 
Fox, C. J. M. 
Foy, R H. 
Francis, W. 
Fry, C. B. 
Fryer, P. A. 
Gardiner, G. A. 
Game, W. H. 
Gay, L. H. 
Gettins, J. H. 


Gilliat, W. E. 
Glossop, A. G. B. 
Godfrey, C J. M. 
Goodbody, M. F. 
Gosling, L. D. 
Gosling, R. C. 
Gosling, T. S. 
Gosling, W. S. 
Gostling, E. V. 
Greenwood, D. H. 
Grewn, J. E. 
Grievson, J. E. 
Guy, A. N. 
Guy, Hugh 
Guy, J. K. 
Guy, R. C. 
Haig-Brown, A. R. 
Hamilton, A. 
Hammond, H. E. D. 
Hansard, H. H. 
Hardman, C. E. S. 
Harris, G. S. 
Harris, S. S. 
Harrison, A. H. 
Harrison, H. 
Harrisson, A. E. 
Hatton, C O. S. 
Heald, J. 
Henfrey, A. G. 
Heseltine, C. 
Hewett, D. 
Hewitt, C D. 
Holden-White, C 
Hollins, A. M. 
Hollins, F. H. 
Hollins, P. L. 
Holm, J. 

Hornby, R. P. 
Horner, C. T. 
Hossack, A. H. 
Humphrey, E. 
Humphrey- Jones 
Humphry, P. 
Hunt, K. R. G. 
Inglis, A. M. 
Inglis, W. J. 
Ingram, F. M. 
Ingram, R. A, 
Jackson, E. 
Jackson, N. L. 
Jameson, E. M. 
Janson, F. W. 
Jessop, E. 
Johnson, R. B. 
Kemp, M. C 
King, S. L. 
Kinnaird, Lord 
Knox, H. 
Knor, J. J. 
Lafone, H. 
Lambie, J. A. 
Laurence, H. C. 
Lawrence, A. G. S. 
Leach-Lewis, A, F. 
Leete, N. 
Leete, W. 
Leighton, J. E. 
Liddell, A. E. 
Lindley, T. 
Lingari F. C. 
Lodge, L. V* 
Lowe, H. A. 
Lowe, W. W. 
Luker, S. G. 



Macdonald, T. M. 
Mclver, C. D. 
Macrae, S. 
Marchant, F. 
May, P. R. 
Mellin, G. L. 
Middleditch, B. 
Mills-Roberts, R. H. 
Mitchell, C. 
Mitchell, E. J. D. 
Moon, L. J. 
Moon, W. R. 
Morgan-Owen, H. 
Morgan-Owen, M. 
Morice, W. S. 
Morton, P. H. 
Newham, W. j 

Nicholls, H. 
Nickisson, J. L. 
Nolan-Whelan, J. V. 
Norris, O. T. 
Oakley, W. J. 
Osborne, S. E. 
Owen, L. 
Owen, M. L. 
Page, C. C. 
Palairet, L. C. H. 
Palairet, R. C. N. 
Paravicini, J. P. de 
Parry, C. W. 
Patrick, D. 
Paull, J. R. 
Pawson, F. W. 
PeUatt, T. 
Pelly, F. R. 
Perkin, J. D. 
Perkins, T. N. 

Perry, E. B. 
Pickering, H. J. 
Pike, T. M. 
Piatt, A. W. 
Pollock-Hodsoll, G. B. 
Powell, J. T. 
Prall, E. F. 
Preston, G. E. 
Prinsep, J. F. M, 
Pryce-Jones, A. W. 
Pryce-Jones, W. E. 
Raikes, G. B. 
Rauthmell, H. A. 
Rendall, M. J. 
Reynolds, L. W. 
Rhodes, H. A. 
Roller, W. E. 
Rowlandson, T. S. 
Russell, S. H. J. 
Ryder, C. F. 
Salmon, T. 
Salt, R. J. 
Sandilands, R. R. 
Saunders, F. E. 
Secretan, A. J. 
Sellar, W. 
Seton, W. J. 
Sewell, E. B. 
Sewell, F. W. 
Shaw, N. F. 
Sherrington, G. S. 
Simpson, G. H. 
Smith, C. A. 
Smith, G. O. 
Smith, J. 
Snell, H. S. 
Southern, F. R. 


Southern, J. A. 
Spilsbury, B. W. 
Spiro, D. G. 
Squire, R. T. 
Stanbrough, M. H. 
Stanbrough, W. F. 
Stewart-Brown, E. 
Stone, A. C. S. 
Streatfield, E. C. 
Street, F. 

Sturgess-Jones, T. O. 
Swepstone, H. A. 
Taylor, S. S. 
Tepper, C. W. R. 
Thwaites, H. 
Timmis, W. U. 
Topham, A. G. 
Topham, R. 
Tringham, E. M. 
Tubbs, N. H. 
Tuff, B. 
Tuff, C. 
Unwin, H. R. 
Vassall, G. C. 
Veitch, J. G. 
Vickers, H. 
Vidal, G. G. S. 
Vintcent, J. 
Wace, L. H. 
Walker, J. 
Walters, A. M. 
Walters, H. M. 

Walters, P. M. 
Ward, A. W. 
Ward, C. B. 
Ward, E. S. 
Ward, V. F. 
Wardle, Gilbert 
Watson, A, 
Weatherhead, T. C. 
Welch, F. C. B. 
Wells, W. C. 
Wetton, Harold 
Wild, C. H. 
Wilkinson, B. K. R. 
Wilkinson, G. E. 
Wilkinson, L. R. 
Willett, B. H. 
Wilson, C. P. 
Wilson, G. L. 
Wilson, G. P. 
Wilson, G. S. 
Winckworth, W. N. 
Witherington, I. G. 
Wood, G. R. 
Woods, S. M. J. 
Wreford-Brown, C. 
Wreford-Brown, O. E. 
Wright, E. G. D. 
Wright, R. G. 
Wyld, H. J. 
Wynyard, E. G. 
Young, F. 




The following Corinthians have played for England: — 

v. Scotland 

Amos, A., 1885 

Bailey, N. C, 1878-79-80- 

Bambridge, E. C, 1879-80- 

Bambridge, E. H., 1876 
Brann, G., 1886 
Bromley- Davenport, W. E., 

Burnup, C. J., 1896 
Cobbold, W. N., 1883-85- 

Cotterill, G. H., 1893 
Currey, E. S., 1890 
Cursham, H. A,, 1882-83 
Daft, H. B., 1890 
Day, S. H., 1906 
Dewhurst, F., 1887-88 
Dobson, A. T., 1884 
Dunn, A. T. B., 1892 
Foster, R. E., 1901 
Gay, L. H., 1893-94 
Goodhart, H. G, 1883 
Gosling, R. C, 1893-95 
Hammond, H. E. D., 1889 
Harris, S. S., 1904-06 
Harrison, A. H., 1893 

Henfrey, A. G., 1896 
Holden-White, C, 1888 
Lindley, T„ 1886-87-88- 

Lodge, L. V., 1895-96 
Macrae, S., 1883-84 
Mitchell, C, 1881-83 
Moon, W. R., 1888-89- 

Oakley, W. J., 1896-97- 

98, 1900-01 
Paravicini, P. J. de, 1883 
Pelly, F. R., 1894 
Raikes, G. B., 1896 
Smith, G. O., 1894-96-97- 

98—99, 1900—01 
Spilsbury, B. W., 1886 
Squire, R. T., 1886 
Swepstone, H. A., 1880- 

Walters, A. M., 1885-86- 

Walters, P. M., 1885-86- 

Wilson, C. P., 1884 
Wilson, G. P., 1900 
Wreford-Brown, C, 1898 


v. Wales 

Amos, A., 1886 

Bailey, N. C, 1879-82-83- 

Bambridge, A. L., 1881-83 
Bambridge, £. C, 1882- 

Barker, R. R., 1895 
Brann, G., 1886-91 
Bromley-Davenport, W. E., 

Cobbold, W. N., 1886-87 
Corbett, B. O., 1901 
Corbett, R., 1903 
Cotterill, G. H., 1892 
Currey, E. S., 1890 
Cursham, H. A., 1880-82- 

Daft, H. B., 1890 
Day, S. H., 1906 
Dewhurst, F., 1886-87-88- 

Dewhurst, G. P., 1895 
Dixon, J. A., 1885 
Dobson, A. T., 1884 
Dunn, A. T. B., 1892 
Foster, R. E., 1900-01-02 
Gay, L. H., 1894 
Goodhart, H. C, 1883 
Gosling, R. C, 1892-94- 

Harris, S. S., 1905-06 
Henfrey, A. G., 1892-95- 

Holden-WMte, C, 1888 
Hossack, A. H., 1892-94 

Jackson, E., 1891 

Lindley, T. f 1886-87-88- 

Lodge, L. V., 1894-95 
Macrae, S., 1883 
Mitchell, G, 1880-83-85 
Moon, W. R, 1888-89--90 
Oakley, W. J., 1895-96- 

97-98, 1900-01 
Paravicini, P. J. de, 1883 
Pelly, F. R., 1894 
Raikes, G # B M 1895-96 
Russell, B. B #l 1883 
Sandilands, R. R., 1892— 

Saunders, F. E. t 1888 
Smith, G. 0. f 1894-95-96— 

97-98-99, 1900 
Squire, R. T., 1886 
Stanbrough, M. H., 1895 
Swepstone, H. A., 1882—83 
Topham, A. G., 1894 
Topham, R., 1894 
Veitch, J, G«, 1894 
Walters, A. M., 1887-89- 

Walters, P. M., 1886-87- 

Wilkinson, L, R., 1891 
Wilson, C. P., 1884 
Wilson, G. P., 1900 
Winckworth, W. N., 1892 
Wreford-Brown, C, 1894- 

Wright, E. G. D., 1906 



v. Ireland 

Bailey, N. C, 1884-85 
Bambridge, A. L., 1884 
Bambridge, £. C., 1882- 

Barnet, H. H., 1882 
Cobbold, W. N., 1883-85- 

Cooper, N. C, 1893 
Cotterill, G. H., 1891-93 
Cursham, H. A #> 1882-83- 

Daft, H. B., 1889 
Dewhurst, F., 1886-87-88 
Dobson, A. T„ 1882-84 
Dobson, C. F., 1886 
Dunn, A. T. B„ 1883-84- 

Foster, R. E., 1901 
Fry, C. B., 1901 
GiUiat, W. E., 1893 
Goodhart, H. C, 1883 
Harris, S. S., 1905 
Harrison, A. H., 1893 
Henfrey, A. G., 1891 
Leighton, J. E„ 1886 

Lindley, T„ 1886-87-88- 

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Lodge, L. V., 1896 
Macrae, S., 1883-84 
Middleditch, B., 1897 
Oakley, W. J., 1896-97- 

98, 1900-01 
Paravicini, P. J. de, 1883 
Pawson, F. W. f 1883-85 
Pelly, F. R., 1893 
Pike, T. M., 1886 
Raikes, G. B., 1896 
Rawlinson, J. F. P., 1882 
Sandilands, R. R., 1893 
Smith, G. O., 1893-96-97- 

98-99, 1900 
Spilsbury, B. W., 1885-86 
Squire, R. T., 1886 
Swepstone, H. A., 1883 
Topham, R„ 1893 
Walters, A. M., 1885 
Walters, P. M., 1885-86- 

Winckworth, W. N„ 1893 
Wreford-Brown, C, 1889 

Brook, A. K. 
Cotterill, G. H. 
Fry, C. B. 
Gay, L. H. 

v. Canada, 1891 

Henfrey, A. G. 
Pelly, F. R. 
Stanbrough, M. H. 
Topham, A. G. 


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Challen, J. B. 
Darvell, S. 
Davies, A. O. 
Evelyn, E. C. 
Humphrey- Jones 

Mills-Roberts, R. H. 
Morgan-Owen, H. 
Morgan-Owen, M. 
Pryce- Jones, A. W. 
Pryce-Jones, W. E. 

Allan, D. S. 
Arnott, W. 
Campbell, C. 
Kinnaird, Lord 


Lambie, J. A. 
Sellars, W. 
Smith, J. 
Watson, A. 

Goodbody, M. F. 


Nolan- Whelan, J. V. 

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